More households are non-married households than married in the twin cities metro according to the census, says the StarTribune. This, on the heals of the Minnesota legislature pushing through a party-vote to put a constitutional amendment defining marriage before the citizens for a popular vote next fall during the 2012 election. Do we have marriage anxiety? Are these two things connected? Does the Republican legislature want to define marriage in the constitution in order to preserve “Christian” marriage. Is a constitutional amendment going to shore up people’s views/attitudes toward marrying in the first place and (possibly) getting divorced? Here’s a quote from the StarTribune article titled “Census, Saying No to Marriage“:
In a switch that highlights enormous changes in the American family, married couples no longer make up the majority of households in the Twin Cities area.
A new release of 2010 state data by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday shows that 48.6 percent of households in the seven-county metropolitan area were married couples. That’s down from 50.9 percent in 2000. The rest of Minnesota is not far behind, with 50.8 percent of households made up of married couples.