Four in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete

WASHINGTON – Is marriage becoming obsolete?

As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren't needed to have a family.

A study by the Pew Research Center, in association with Time magazine, highlights rapidly changing notions of the American family. And the Census Bureau, too, is planning to incorporate broader definitions of family when measuring poverty, a shift caused partly by recent jumps in unmarried couples living together.

About 29 percent of children under 18 now live with a parent or parents who are unwed or no longer married, a fivefold increase from 1960, according to the Pew report being released Thursday. Broken down further, about 15 percent have parents who are divorced or separated and 14 percent who were never married. Within those two groups, a sizable chunk — 6 percent — have parents who are live-in couples who opted to raise kids together without getting married.

First we allowed the Pill. Then we allowed abortion. We had the decade of love. We didn't really learn anything. We call ourselves enlightened, (I heard that before.) so we allow euthanasia. Divorce is common place. Unwed mothers are common place. Fathers of children abandon them before they are born to sire other children. We have become irresponsible, pleasure seeking narcissists. We turn a blind eye to drugs. Our churches divide and sub divide, and divide again. I am frightened for humanity.


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