26 Dec '11, 5am

Barely Half of All US Adults Married. | Care2 Causes

Barely Half of All US Adults Married. | Care2 Causes

It is ironic and darkly amusing that in a country that fights over whether or not two members of the same sex can marry, just barely half of the adults in the United States are married. One of the most oft-cited arguments against gay marriage is that marriage is strictly a heterosexual institution. Well, maybe not so much anymore, according to the new Pew Research Center Analysis of US Census Data. The drop in marriage rates has gone from 72% in 1960 to 51% last year. Reasons for this drop include cohabitation, single parenthood and single person households, including homosexual households. Though there may be other reasons, that was cited as being “beyond the scope of the study.” While all age groups experienced a drop, young people showed the greatest difference. In 1960, 59% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 were married. That number has dropped to just 20% of tha...

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