Reduce Poverty Using Proven Methods: Eliminate Federal Funding of Marriage Promotion
We the undersigned call upon the Obama Administration and Congress to pursue effective policies to reduce poverty. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives are ineffective and divert funds away from poverty reduction; they should be eliminated.
We applaud President Obama's commitment to reduce poverty and to enhance equality. The Department of Health and Human Services will play a vital role in this effort. Fair and effective administration of our major poverty assistance programs, especially TANF, is critical.
We call upon Congress, in the upcoming TANF reauthorization legislation, (1) to make the reduction of poverty the sole statutory purpose of the TANF program, and (2) to remove all references to, and allocations for, the promotion of marriage via TANF.
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AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
Alternatives to Marriage Project
Center for Inquiry
Center for Women Policy Studies
Family Equality Council
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, New York City
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce
Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights
Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
Stop Family Violence
SWWAN (R), Inc. and the SWWAN Foundation
Susanne Beechey, Assistant Professor of Politics, Whitman College
Abigail Boggs, University of California, Davis
Lisa Duggan, Professor, New York University
Jean Hardisty, Senior Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College
Melissa Haussman, Associate Professor, Political Science, Carleton University
Melanie Heath, Assistant Professor of Sociology, McMaster University
Celine-Marie Pascale, Professor, American University
Nancy Polikoff, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University
Anna Marie Smith, Professor of Government, Cornell University
Noah Zatz, Acting Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
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