October 17, 2006
Married couples are now a minority for the first time. New census data analyzed by the New York times has found that 49.7 percent of the nation’s 111 million households are made up of married couples – with and without children. That’s down from 52 percent five years ago.
The reasons are many. They include the media, which elevates perversion over married couples and the loss of social stigma. People now live together – whether hetero or homosexual – and the culture has been pressured not to complain or render judgment.
They also include a quest for materialism and in that quest less of a sense of need of children. And the reasons include many clergy, who preach and teach less and less about marriage because so many have divorced and remarried in their congregations. Divorce recovery, not marriage preservation is the hot new thing in many churches.
These latest figures are not good news for our country or culture. I am now a minority as a once-married and still married man. Politics can’t fix this, but reorienting our priorities might.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.