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  • Good News on Lasting Marriages

    While tabloid fare on marital fiascos (such as the recent demise of the Schwarzenegger–Shriver marriage) tends to dominate headlines, breaking news actually bodes well for marriage in America.

    According to a report based on census data released Wednesday, marriages are lasting longer, with three in four couples who married after 1990 celebrating their 10th anniversary. In fact, more than half of the nation’s married couples have been together for at least 15 years.

    This is good news not only for those families but for society as well, given that intact families tend to fare better financially and marital satisfaction has been linked to better physical and emotional health. The average income of single men is just 60 percent of that of married men, and single women’s average income is just 40 percent of their married counterparts. And the economic benefits of marriage are not for adults alone. Marriage can decrease the likelihood of child poverty by more than 80 percent.

    And there’s good news regarding the marital prospects of the next generation—giving “legs” to the rising trend of marital longevity. Children tend to follow the marital trajectory of their parents. Children whose parents enjoy a stable marriage tend to have higher expectations for their own marriages and experience greater marital satisfaction, while children who lived through parental divorce are themselves more likely to divorce.

    In addition, research by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia found that greater educational attainment is linked to greater marital stability and that people without a college degree are three times as likely as those who graduated college to divorce within the first 10 years of marriage. Given that children from intact families tend to have better academic achievement and higher educational attainment, the current increase in the longevity of marriage bodes well for the next generation’s marital relationships as well.

    Thus, the benefits associated with the upward trend in long-lasting marriages can have ripple effects for generations to come.

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    7 Responses to Good News on Lasting Marriages

    1. Chuck Anziulewicz says:

      Yes, it is quite clear that marriage has many benefits to society. One study I read reveals the following:

      1: Married couples typically contribute more and take less from society.

      2: Married couples support and care for each other financially, physically and emotionally and often contribute more to the economy and savings.

      3: Individuals who are married are less likely to receive government entitlements.

      4: Individuals who are married statistically consume less health care services, and often give more to churches and charities.

      5: Married couples are better able to provide care and security for children.

      So maybe someone can help me understand what negative impact committed loving relationships have on society, and why Gay couples should be excluded from the same benefits and responsibilities of marriage. Why is it that it's perfectly acceptable, even admirable, for Straight (i.e. heterosexual) couples to date, get engaged, get married, and build lives together in the context of monogamy and commitment, and that this is a GOOD thing … but for Gay couples to do exactly the same is somehow a BAD thing? To me this seems like a very poor value judgment.

    2. Mike, Eden Prairie M says:

      I do not have any amazing insight to offer…just think this is a great article on the stability of marriage. Thanks for posting, I will be sure to share this with as many people as I can. Great news!

    3. Grey Williams, Littl says:

      I wonder, though, how much of this trend is due to an upswing in cohabiting couples (who might in previous generations ended up in the "married then divorced" stats)?

    4. Sally Dawson says:

      We are made male and female. There is a difference, we are not undistinguished. Marriage is between an man and a woman from the beginning of time by design. Your own rules don't apply.

    5. Gary says:

      Chuck, Stop pretending that gay couples, committed as they are, are the same thing as married straight couples. Physiologically it's obvious that men and women are made for each other and homo's are not. God, creator of all things, instituted marriage between men and women and describes homosexual relationships as detestable. Some gay couples may experience some of the same benefits of being together as married straight couples, but that does not make them the same. A better value judgement would be to acknowledge the existence of God and the institutions he established, such as marriage between men and women.

    6. Tim Johnson says:

      Chuck, Gay-marriage would destroy the nation.

      Because it would make the government the defender of an immoral position against anyone and anyone organization that has a difference position. In which, would lead to the end of religious freedom and the ability to worship by way of living out religious convictions. Gay-marriage is government controlled morality, which is a theocracy, in which would be the end of private property, which is the cornerstone of the free market and the source of all economic growth. Several nations that have gone down this path have begun a realize a major economic slow down and a major loss of freedom. These nations are not free and do not have a constitution to protect them.

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