More perfect unions Admin Monday, January 27, 2014 The data are in (and have been for some time), and it is clear that the one thing that ameliorates poverty and crime is marriage. But don’t expect most liberals to accept it. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.