What do you guys think is a family? Listening to the radio this morning, some politicians seemed to believe that a family is only a man, a woman and children under 18, preferably the parents are married. What about gay parents? Or couples who choose not to have children (I fall into this one btw), or single parents. Or a group of friends who all live together and have no one else. All these things (and more I'm sure) count as families in my view. They were debating the current policy proposals concerning income tax and families (with the aim of encouraging marriage). One of the points raised was that by encouraging marriage with monetary reward (and only where there's kids, but they didn't focus on that bit!) they made single parents feel like second class citizens, not worthy of support. What about all the other family situations? Do they not think it can make those feel 'second class' and unworthy of support? I feel in my childless state that this is the case. I've chosen not to have kids as it's not for me, and I feel penalised for it in certain ways, as we don't seem to count in society at times. I also have had pressure put on me in my workplace not to have kids which I thought was unfair too, and told that employers don't like to hire women of reproductive age over men in case they do go off and have kids and what not, which is totally wrong. What do you guys think?