Martha Fineman, Gwendolyn Mink, and Anna Marie Smith




No Promotion of Marriage in TANF!

With Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) reauthorization and its marriage promotion provisions pending in the House and Senate the authors implore welfare rights, feminist, civil rights, and lesbian and gay organizations to work together in support of poor women — by opposing the Bush welfare plan, especially its marriage component. Republicans need to know that there is opposition their attacks on poor single mothers. Democrats who have consistently supported “welfare reform” and “workfare,” and who are now about to cast their vote for the TANF marriage-promotion project as well, should be urged to reconsider. An entirely different approach to poverty assistance, one that respects the rights and dignity of poor single mothers, is needed.

welfare reform, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 30, No. 4 (2003): 126-134