For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage

This is a very thought provoking article that I recently read in the New York Times.

There is a lot to consider here and a lot to think about and discuss….

But one thing is clear:  The Families Values crowd is blatantly out of touch with the reality of modern American life.  Not just for Gays, but for Women…

They argue incessantly for the Nuclear Family, that is pretty much becoming a minority situation- just like the GOP.

And their recent attacks on birth control availability seems sheer madness in light of realities such as these….

Whether they like it or not, it’s not the 1950’s anymore and Ward and June Cleever are gone….

Abstinence Based Sex Education just isn’t realistic…

It’s time our social and political philosophies recognize this fact…

LORAIN, Ohio — It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. 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.

Once largely limited to poor women and minorities, motherhood without marriage has settled deeply into middle America. The fastest growth in the last two decades has occurred among white women in their 20s who have some college education but no four-year degree, according to Child Trends, a Washington research group that analyzed government data.

Among mothers of all ages, a majority — 59 percent in 2009 — are married when they have children. But the surge of births outside marriage among younger women — nearly two-thirds of children in the United States are born to mothers under 30 — is both a symbol of the transforming family and a hint of coming generational change.

One group still largely resists the trend: college graduates, who overwhelmingly marry before having children. That is turning family structure into a new class divide, with the economic and social rewards of marriage increasingly reserved for people with the most education.

via For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage – NYTimes.com.

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