Could not agree with your analysis more, Jeff. However, the prejudice in the law against marriage, I believe, started with LBJ's hubristic 'Great Society' in the 60's. Both political parties know what the problem is (except maybe for those Dems on the very far left). The larger question is why neither party has had the guts to really tackle the problem. When GWB and the R's had control from 2001-06 they did nothing except start two unnecessary and unpaid for wars of empire. GWB told us to go shopping!