In the New York Times, Andrew J. Cherlin writes a compelling argument that there should be "A Truce in the War Over Family." He says:
"The war over the family has been a disheartening part of American politics for decades. Conservatives saw growing numbers of children born outside of marriage and thought the family as they knew it was in trouble, the result of a cultural decline — a decrease in personal responsibility, and a growing dependence on government social welfare programs. Liberals saw families struggling and thought the problems reflected poverty and the dearth of good jobs.
But today, while partisanship is sky high, the two camps are showing surprising signs of a truce. It’s a promising moment for change: Both sides just might agree on measures to help the millions of families that have been caught in the middle of the battle."
Times have changed so much. Why are we so concerned about same-sex marriage when studies would show that the number of babies born to unmarried mothers is hovering around the all-time high? According to research:
The birth rate for unmarried women declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2013, to 44.3 per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15–44 (Tables B, 15, and 16). The 2013 nonmarital birth rate was 2% lower than in 2012 (45.3) and 14% lower than the peak of 51.8 in 2007 and 2008 (Tables B, 15, and 16).
Cherlin, Andrew J. "A Truce in the War Over Family." New York Times, March 20, 2015. Accessed March 20, 2015. http://nyti.ms/1DjsTxG