"The Government has progressively removed any support for marriage, and the benefit system discriminates against couples who marry."
The Government simply reflects the peoples modern way of life.
Whereas the church has become an irrelevance primarily because of its compromise with culture, politics and secular pursuits. All authority comes from God, and when He withdraws "good" authority from a nation, it is because they have withdrawn from Him!
It is interesting that Scripture records that even in the evil days before the flood, they were giving and taking in marriage.
Matthew 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,