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Senator includes marriage programs on federal cuts list

<p>The nationwide initiative that provided federal funding for healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood programs is under attack, as the lack of metrics for success has many wondering why the program exists, according to the Oklahoman.</p>
<p>Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) highlighted the program as a waste of money for the government, as he noted that <a href=””>divorce and marriage were not something that should be funded by the feds.

“Marriage is the foundation of our society and a sacred institution that should be revered and supported,” Coburn said in an address. “However, government programs touting marriage are not essential to achieve these noble goals.”

Though Coburn has come out against the program, other legislators have defended the merits of helping families stay together through federal funding. This issue could gain momentum as both sides have increased their push in recent weeks, according to the Oklahoman.

According to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the divorce rate in Oklahoma is among the top in the country, as there has been a rise in the number of individuals who have split from their spouses.

Divorces are more common in families that receive government assistance

A new study shows that there may be a connection between divorce rates and government assistance such as food stamps and welfare, the Huffington Post reports.

Dr. David Schramm of the University of Missouri conducted a study that found that couples in the same income bracket who receive government assistance are more likely to experience lower rates of marital satisfaction and are more likely to divorce, have negative interactions with their spouses or feel trapped in their relationships.

For the study, Schramm surveyed nearly 300 couples, 64 of whom received government assistance. Of those, the couples earning less than $20,000 and receiving some form of government financial help experienced the lowest rates of martial bliss.

“Economic hardship, the feeling of strain and tension associated with money issues, tends to be a driver for other stressors,” Schramm explained in a university press release.

Schramm said he was surprised to find, however, that couples that made $20,000 or less but did not receive help from the government had a much higher satisfaction level in their marriages, according to the news source.