A new report on the state of
The National Marriage Project’s 2005 “State of
Overall, the news is troubling to Mike McManus, president of Marriage Savers.
“Couples who live together often think they are in a trial marriage,” he said, “but they are really more like in a trial divorce, because of 100 couples who begin living together, 45 of them will break up before there is a wedding.”
And it’s not just couples that are hurt by cohabitation. Glenn T. Stanton, senior analyst for marriage and sexuality at Focus on the Family Action, said children are affected, too.
“These kids are going to grow up and develop their own attitudes about marriage, which are largely going to be, ‘Marriage is irrelevant,’ ” he told Family News in Focus. “We need to teach the message that marriage is not irrelevantit’s one of the most relevant social institutions that humanity knows.”
People who are married, he added, tend to be healthier and more satisfied.
“It benefits all of us,”
The increase in cohabitation mirrors what has occurred in