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New bill promoting marriage to stay out of poverty

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s the most popular time of the year for weddings and many are now saying that tradition could keep you out of poverty.

House Bill 1908 just passed the House 68-to-16. 

It requires public service announcements to air that promote marriage as a tool against poverty.

Economists argue that marriage can keep families in better economic situations.

Studies show a child born in a married household is 80 percent less likely to suffer from childhood poverty.

Other statistics show that married men make 40 percent more money than comparable non-married men.

The Department of Human Services is expected to use some of its current funding to pay for the announcements.

Mark Beutler with DHS said they will keep costs down.

“We’ll go out and find a public service announcement that’s already been produced, that will save some money, and put it in our regular rotations with our other PSAs,” he said.

The bill now goes to the governor to sign.