Couples Living Together Outside of Marriage Increases From 450,000 to 7.5 Million
by Moody Adams Cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century,” says Meg Jay a clinical psychologist at the University of Virginia. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million.
“The majority of young adults in their 20s will live with a romantic partner at least once, and more than half of all marriages will be preceded by cohabitation. This shift has been attributed to the sexual revolution and the availability of birth control, and in our current economy, sharing the bills makes cohabiting appealing.”
It used to be referred to as “shacking up,” defined as” To sleep together or live in sexual intimacy without being married.” The sexual revolution has referred to it as being in a “relationship,” “ being partners,” or “having a significant other.”
About two-thirds said they believed that moving in together before marriage was a good way to avoid divorce. But a schientifice study showed the likelihood that a marriage would last for a decade or more decreased by six percentage points if the couple had cohabited first.
When a couple starts having sex before they are married, they are fornicating. This means they “shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past , that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19:21).