Study: Middle America Losing Faith in Marriage

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New research on marriage reveals a striking gap in attitudes between moderately and highly educated Americans.
The new study by the National Marriage Project indicates historic trends are reversing. Highly educated Americans are moving to embrace marriage even as blue-collar Americans are losing faith in the institution.

For example, in the early 1980s, just 13 percent of babies born to moderately educate or high school educated mothers were born outside of marriage. But in the late 2000s, 44 percent of babies were born outside of marriage to this group.
"The United States is increasingly a separate and unequal nation when it comes to the institution of marriage," researchers Brad Wilcox and Elizabeth Marquardt wrote in the report.
"Marriage is in danger of becoming a luxury good attainable only to those with the material and cultural means to grab hold of it," the report read.

Brad Wilcox, the director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, discussed the study and its findings on the CBN News Channel Morning News, Dec. 8.

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