"In 1960, two-thirds (68%) of all twenty-somethings were married. In 2008, just 26% were." "To get a sense of how different attitudes were in the 1960s, perhaps this will do it. (M)arried women were asked, ‘In your opinion, do you think it is all right for a woman to have sexual relations before marriage...
"The major purpose of marriage was to establish paternity and descendants for probate reasons." A purpose? I suppose. The major purpose? No. Who decides to get married? Mostly young couples in love. Do they really say, "You know, we should get married so that when we have children their inheritance will be safe-guarded." Do their friends or parents offer this as a reason? No. What couples typically say is more like, "We should get married because we are passionately devoted to each other and want to spend the rest of our lives together."
It's no secret that marriage has been in decline in America, but most people don't realize how quickly it has been crumbling. The numbers are staggering and the sea change in attitude that has gone along with them would shock previous generations of Americans.
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