What the Collapse of Marriage Means for Children


The Heritage Blog:

The decline of marriage in recent years not only signals trouble for the men and women missing out on the stability of the institution; it can also threaten the future success of children born outside the economic protection of marriage. The 41 percent of children born in the U.S. to never-married mothers are at a higher risk of experiencing poverty at some point in their lifetimes than are those born to married parents.


  1. John Allard-Lawson
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    It seems that the solution to this problem would be to not allow any single woman to leave the hospital with her child. If she refuses to marry the father of the child, it should be taken away and given to a married couple to raise. That is clearly the only way to eliminate single mother households.
    There is absolutely no evidence that legislating marriage in any form would lead to these women marrying, or waiting until after marriage to become pregnant. The more of these studies NOM highlights, the shakier the "responsible procreation' argument for traditional marriage becomes.

  2. Analise Habra
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    John, find some communist country to live in. LOL. For me, marriage is great, we should stand by it and support it, not tear it down or resort to inane police state tactics.

  3. Peter
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a great reason to provide children being raised in same-sex households the stability only marriage can provide.

    Do what you will- these families exist, and the children in them deserve the same protections as those being raised by straight couples

  4. Posted February 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Most of the societal problems we face today can be traced back to the breakdown of the traditional family. This study only scratches the surface.

    It's so obvious, yet here we are trying to reinvent the wheel. The traditional family is the fundamental building block of a stable and prosperous society. If we want stability and prosperity, we will encourage traditional families--one man, one woman and children.

    What we need is serious reform--and I don't mean on a legal level. I mean on an individual level. We need to become a society where marriage is seen as something important and sacred, divorce is seen as unthinkable, and alternatives to marriage (shacking up, polygamy, same-sex coupling) are utterly rejected.

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