There is a new study out jointly from Time and Pew Research about peoples’ views about marriage. No surprise, more people are living together outside of marriage and having children outside of marriage. I was surprised that higher income, more educated people are more likely to marry and marry earlier. You’ve got to check out this study if you are interested in marriage trends and peoples’ views about marriage. Also, here’s a good summary article in Time about the research results.
One interesting thing that I’m finding in my law and mediation practice is that heterosexuals care less about marriage while homosexuals are more interested in marriage. It will be interesting to see more data as the years go by as to whether heterosexuals start to realize (rather than taking for granted, as I believe they mostly do now) all the legal rights and protections that marriage provides and which homosexuals seem to understand and value.