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04 March 2007 @ 04:49 pm
Welcome to America, 2007  
"Punctuating a fundamental change in American family life, married couples with children now occupy fewer than one in every four households - a share that has been slashed in half since 1960 and is the lowest ever recorded by the census.

"As marriage with children becomes an exception rather than the norm, social scientists say it is also becoming the self-selected province of the college-educated and the affluent. The working class and the poor, meanwhile, increasingly steer away from marriage, while living together and bearing children out of wedlock."
Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on March 4th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Interesting! I kinda have noticed the same thing here.
Josephine: Baconlovellama on March 5th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Man, if I was with a guy who didn't want to get married for whatever reason yet he still wanted to be with me as if we were married, I'd seriously think of dropping him FAST. "I don't need a paper to prove my love to you" aside, there are SO many legal reasons to be married and those 'common law spouses' get screwed over when the marriage license isn't there and something happens to the other partner.
PMMJ: Hammer & nailcheetahmaster on March 5th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
See, I'm in the "I don't need a paper to prove my love to you" camp, personally.
Josephinelovellama on March 5th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
To me, part of that love would be wanting the other (man or woman) to be covered in case something happened. Wills can be contested and broken, and partners can be kept out of hospital rooms by blood relatives. Maybe I'm neurotic, but I like having that piece of paper. But that's me. :)
PMMJ: Hammer & nailcheetahmaster on March 5th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
Right, but I would rather see those problems reformed, ideally.