Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Wrong Marriage Debate

Mona Charen at NRO makes the case that our fight against gay marriage has distracted us from a bigger problem: having children without the benefit of marriage:

In fact, as Kay Hymowitz limned in her 2006 book, Marriage and Caste in America, what we really have in this country is a caste system. At the top are the college graduates who nearly always get married before becoming pregnant. At the bottom are poor women of all races and backgrounds who routinely have babies before they marry (if they ever marry).


1950 Democrat said...

This needs (at least) three divisions, and it needs to be related to age as well as marriage.

Above those who had children late, are those women who haven't had any babies at all. In 2005 Larry Summers reported that the women who got high positions in 'high-powered', high-paid jobs were 'disproportionately' childless.

[After talking with] chief executive officers at major corporations, the managing partners of large law firms, the directors of prominent teaching hospitals, and with the leaders of other prominent professional service organizations, as well as with colleagues in higher education [Summers was told that] the relatively few women who are in the highest ranking places are disproportionately either unmarried or without children

Anonymous said...

That is true that some women of higher paid jobs don't have any children, and those with lower paying jobs do. It is also, true that more women are having children outside of marriage as well. However, it is sad truly sad when we have children having children. What has happened to our society when it is perfectly normal to see 13 to 18 year olds having children. We need to step back and think about what is happening today. We, as parents, need to start talking to our children, and letting them know that it is wrong for them to have children outside of marriage.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the fight against same-sex marriage (albeit necessary) has distracted many from speaking out against other immoral behavior as well.

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