From the Washington Post:
The proportion of adults who are married has plunged to record lows as more people decide to live together now and wed later, reflecting decades of evolving attitudes about the role of marriage in society.
Just 51 percent of all adults who are 18 and older are married, placing them on the brink of becoming a minority, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census statistics to be released Wednesday. That represents a steep drop from 57 percent who were married in 2000.
I find this to be incredibly sad news. I can’t imagine my life without being married to my beloved wife, and I’m glad that one of my children has found and married a wonderful partner. One of my constant prayers for my other children is that they will find their partner and marry them.
My parents were married for 68 years before Daddy died; I’ve been married for 32 years. Marriage has given me a partner to work with, to share dreams with, to share burdens with. I’ve learned to be a better person because my wife wants me to be a better person and because I want to be a better person for her. If there were not the committed, “’til death do us part,” permanence of marriage, I would not have had to learn these lessons – I could have taken the easy way out our human natures seem to prefer. Marriage may not be easy, but it’s worth it.
I think our society is made worse when marriage diminishes. As I said, this makes me sad.