What would happen is some single people would be flogged (bad) and some newly married people would be unhappy in their relationships (also bad).
For decades now, a dispute has raged between liberals and conservatives about whether the decline in marriage is a cause or a consequence of economic problems for the American working class.
Conservatives like David Brooks believe a crisis of morals is driving poverty up.
But if she marries another single mom with an identical job, their new four-person household makes $29,000 a year — and is no longer poor, according to the government.
Indeed, they could even have a fifth child and not be poor.
A woman working 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 will find herself earning $14,500 a year — well above the federal poverty level.