Majority of Babies Are Now Born Outside of Marriage Among Mothers Under 30 02/21/2012


by Moody Adams
“It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal,” write JASON DeParle and Sabrina Tavernise of the New York Times. “After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.”

One group still largely resists the trend: college graduates, who overwhelmingly marry before having children.
Researchers have consistently found that children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional and behavioral problems.

Pamela Smock and Fiona Rose Greenland, of the University of Michigan, reported that two-thirds of couples living together split up by the time their child turned 10.

Amber Strader, 27, has had two children with two boyfriends. “I’d like to do it (get married), but I just don’t see it happening right now,” she said. “Most of my friends say it’s just a piece of paper, and it doesn’t work out anyway.”

To pagans, a marriage license is 'just a piece of paper.' To Christians marriage is about pleasing God and doing what is best for the children.


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