I see those words every morning now, on my way to work. Along Connecticut Avenue, bus shelter after bus shelter features an enormous poster of a happy couple in wedding attire, smiling away. Some of the posters feature a black couple and others feature a Caucasian-ish (possibly Latino) couple, showing pure joy on their faces next to that huge tag line: "Married people earn more money." At the bottom right, the words "Marriage works." At the bottom left, there is a link to this website.
I get that they are encouraging young people to consider marriage. That's great. But to advertise in urban bus shelters that marriage is a way to bring in more cash? Yeesh.
I give those posters the big middle finger as I drive past them. Speaking as someone who would love to find a partner and best friend who loved me - and has very little chance of ever doing so - I find this campaign grotesque. GET MARRIED - GRAB MORE CASH!!! WHOOOOOO!
The website has a text box that talks about other benefits of getting married:
Wow. How smug. And check out the item in larger type - how insulting to many single parents who struggle, but persevere and do a fantastic job in raising their kids. I'd rather see someone raise a kid as a strong single parent than remain in a bad marriage, but that's just me, I suppose.
And whatever happened to getting married because you want to spend the rest of your life with your best friend?
Maybe I'm delusional.
Perhaps. And maybe it's because I am unwillingly single that it bothers me so much.
I just find this crass.
When these signs were first posted in New York subways back in 2005, MTA spokesman Tim Kelly said, "That campaign must’ve been invented by someone who’s not married.”