Marriage and Middle America

Peter Wehner, Commentary Magazine Contentions blog, 12/13/2010

A study on "When Marriage Disappears: The Retreat from Marriage in Middle America" was recently published by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values... What we are seeing, then, is a growing "marriage gap" among moderately and highly educated Americans, which is leading to the stratification of our society. "The United States is increasingly a separate and unequal nation when it comes to the institution of marriage," according to the report. This is worrisome. American democracy has always depended on a relatively strong, stable middle class. If, because of the fracturing of the family, the middle class begins to enervate, it is bound to have negative, far-reaching ramifications. In addition, when marriages fail, children are the ones who absorb the most severe damage...

Subjects: Family, Marriage


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