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Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age « Marriage & Family « Downloads

Date postedOctober 18, 2010
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Americans in particular think of marriage primarily as a relationship between two adults. The impact of the breakdown of marriage on children and on the rest of society proves that it is a great deal more than that. In the 1960s, Americans began a radical experiment. Marriage and childbearing were really two separate life phenomena. Marriage was about adult happiness. The question occurred to many: Why do you need to be married when you have children?

The lack of clarity and cultural consensus about the decline of American marriage is dangerous. Erasing the bond between marriage and child rearing leads to a weakening of our country’s ability to carry out its promise: its promise of fairness, equality, opportunity, and prosperity. Instead, the result is separate and unequal families as far as the eye can see.