Indeed I don't have to go all that far back to find a family that doesn't fit into the remit of one breadwinner and one stay at home parent. My paternal grandmother was widowed with children of 14 and 9, she never remarried but went out to become the breadwinner and went without much that others took for granted. Both my paternal great grandfathers were widowed one with seven surviving children under 16, the other with two, both remarried and produced even more children.
But the fact that the prime minster wants to "send a signal" that marriage is better than any other type of relationship ignores those that have no choice:
- Those who are widowed
- Those whose partners are abusive and flee with the children
- Those who are single parent families because one of the partners doesn't want that "better type" of relationship (or any relationship) when it brings them children
- families where even this tax break isn't enough to encourage one partner not to work as they need to make ends meet
- families where neither parent is able to find work
Times have moved on and it is time that out tax code recognised that, not take a step back into the past.
See also check out the Don't Judge My Family website