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Sunday, November 28, 2010

As Marriage Goes, So Goes The World As We Know It!

As marriage goes, so goes U.S. culture

Marriage and family help hold our society and civilization together, which is why it was troubling to learn that a recent study revealed more people feel marriage is becoming obsolete.

A study by the Pew Research Center revealed some interesting statistics about Americans’ feelings on marriage, cohabitation and kids with single parents or a parent who has never been married.

The study shows a major shift from previous studies, including one from 1960. Now, about 29 percent of children under 18 live with a parent or parents who are unwed or no longer married, a fivefold increase from that year.

On Thanksgiving Day, nearly 1 in 3 American children was living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never married.

These statistics are sad, especially for the children, and show that the fabric of our society is slowly unraveling.

In 1978, just 28 percent of Americans believed marriage was becoming more obsolete.

Today, about 39 percent say marriage is becoming obsolete. And that sentiment follows U.S. census data released in September that showed marriages hit an all-time low of 52 percent for adults 18 or older.

When asked what constitutes a marriage, the vast majority of Americans agree that a married couple, with or without children, fits that description. But 4 out of 5 surveyed pointed also to an unmarried, opposite-sex couple with children or a single parent. Three of 5 people said a same-sex couple with children was a family.

What we can take from all these statistics is that marriage is still important in this country, it’s just not as important as it once was.

There are many reasons for these statistics. The changing views of family are being driven largely by young adults 18-29, who are more likely than older generations to have an unmarried or divorced parent or have friends who do. Young adults also tend to have more liberal attitudes when it comes to spousal roles and living together before they are married.

Economics also plays into these statistics.

We understand that not every marriage is perfect and divorces are sometimes inevitable and we are living in different times, but as the family collapses, so does the fabric of our nation.



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