"Let Them Eat Wedding Rings" provides a short overview of the types of marriage-promoting welfare policies that have been proposed and in some cases, implemented, in the last few years. We offer ten "Golden Principles" on which welfare policy should be based, principles grounded in two foundational beliefs:
1. The purpose of welfare is to reduce poverty.
2. Individuals and families should be treated fairly regardless of their marital status.
In response to the simplistic notion that people simply need to be convinced of the value of marriage, we offer our research into the varied reasons why some people are not married. We also show that from an international perspective, the claim that marriage and poverty are inevitably linked has no basis. The report ends with the Alternatives to Marriage Project's Affirmation of Family Diversity, which details our beliefs about the need to support all families, and which has been signed by over 750 experts, authors, religious leaders, community leaders, and citizens.