Family Research Council

Love and Marriage... Used to Go Together Like a Horse and Carriage


By Tony Perkins
April 18, 2013

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Marriage isn't just being tried in courts--it's being tried in homes too! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Women may dream about walking down the aisle, but a new study says that they're settling for living together instead. Almost half of women are trying to test-drive their relationships by cohabiting--instead of jumping straight into marriage. And although couples are having trouble committing to each other, they don't seem to have the same trouble committing to kids. Almost 20% of moms are giving birth in their first year of cohabiting. Unfortunately for their kids, very few of their parents stick together. Within three years, only 40% of these women make the leap to marriage. That's a shame, because research is clear that "trial marriages" are dead-end. These couples are more likely to be unhappy, unemployed, unfaithful, abused, and divorce--if they ever do get married! It's time to step back as a country and realize that the trend to cohabit is a bad habit for America.

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