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Single Belles, Single All the Way

HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 8:18 AM
The decline in marriage rates should not be surprising, but they should still be distressing. Ms. Charen didn't discuss just how much marriage laws have changed since 1970. There is now much less incentive for couples to get married. I have experience with this in my own family. My oldest sister actually could not marry her boyfriend because doing so would have led them both to take on her college debt, which would have ruined them both. They eventually did get married, but the way the laws were structured made that seriously detrimental.
DCM in FL Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 8:49 AM
Wow, something I can agree with you on.
HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 9:47 AM
I'm glad we can find some common ground. In this instance, the research is very clear. Strong, stable marriages are good for society, good for children, and good for the emotional and physical well-being of individuals. I'm in favor of making marriage more viable and more appealing to people of all generations. At the moment, there are too many bad incentives, both legal and societal, that are negatively impacting marriage and relationships.
HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 8:20 AM
I'm of the strong opinion that marriage is a good thing for society and something that should be encouraged. But the current laws regarding marriage make it very unappealing, especially to younger generations. Ms. Charen could probably write 10 articles about how laws regarding divorce, alimony, and child support have given men and women many reasons to stay single. I think it's best summed up by Kobe Bryant's divorce. His wife got $75 MILLION from their divorce. And people wonder why some are reluctant to get married?
Discussing the role of single people in the election of 2012 on my weekly podcast with Jay Nordlinger "Need to Know" (available on or, your humble columnist chose the insensitive way to address it. Chatting with Jonathan V. Last of The Weekly Standard about his piece "A Nation of Singles," I popped off that "Single mothers want the state to be their husbands and father to their children."

Jonathan put it better: "Well, let's say that single mothers are more vulnerable to economic shocks and are more concerned about the safety net." Much more diplomatic. Single voters were...