Poll: Importance of Marriage Dropping Among Americans
While the majority of Americans are either married or want to be married someday, the number of those who consider it important has declined over the last seven years, a new Gallup poll shows, in line with a declining marriage rate in the U.S.
A Gallup poll, conducted June 20-24, found that 54 percent of Americans are currently married, and 21 percent of those who have never married would like to marry someday. Only 5 percent of Americans have never married and say they don't want to do so, while 20 percent say they have been previously married or did not classify their marital status.
Yet, less than two-thirds of Americans consider it very or somewhat important for a couple to marry if the two want to spend the rest of their lives together or when they want to have a child together....
In some respects this is a continuation of a message from the thread "Wedlease," or whatever, I think I'll put an interesting excerpt from the article I gave a link to:
S. Michael Craven wrote: You may be surprised to learn that the initial efforts to advance no-fault divorce legislation were underwritten by Hugh Hefner through the Playboy Foundation, which financed an army of young lawyers working to advance these antifamily policies. Letâ€™s seeâ€¦Americaâ€™s largest pornographer working to rewrite public policy related to the family? Thereâ€™s something seriously wrong with this picture! Alfred Kinsey also played an instrumental role in reducing these legal protections by falsely reporting that adultery was commonplace in most marriages. This reduced the stigma associated with adultery and ultimately served as the basis for eliminating all laws against adultery. Hefner and Kinsey both saw marriage as the final barrier to sexual freedom and thus determined to remove its inhibiting influence upon unrestrained sexual activity.