Religion and the high cost of marriage

  • Article by: DAVID BRIGGS
  • Updated: May 15, 2013 - 1:05 PM

The economics of relationships are shifting, and generally not in a positive way for the institution of marriage.

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ranger1873May. 15, 13 1:25 PM

Did you think to ask anyone who was ... you know ... religious?

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kallman11May. 15, 13 1:31 PM

Not too controversial...maybe a small income difference, but it's clear that marriage is good.

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jmcdonalMay. 15, 13 1:46 PM

I agree and I'm glad I can now participate in Minnesota!

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firefight41May. 15, 13 2:53 PM

The recession, the rising financial independence of women and cultural shifts and technological advances that make single-parent families more acceptable and feasible are contributing to fewer people walking down the aisle. ************* And in increase in the prison population.

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furguson11May. 15, 13 2:59 PM

I've read it twice and I'm still unclear on what the point is.

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pumiceMay. 15, 13 3:14 PM

Re: "I'm still unclear on what the point is." Re-re-read the subhead, furguson11: "The economics of the relationship are shifting." The article shows that economics don't impact both partners in a traditional marriage equally. Which shouldn't surprise anyone who understands that men do better, not just economically, but in every way when traditional gender roles prevail like they do in tradition-bound, fundamentalist religions.

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pumiceMay. 15, 13 3:19 PM

Regarding traditional gender roles from Worthenhold's commentary on immigration: "Organizations ranging from Focus on the Family to Anglican splinter churches have ... come to see Latin Americans and Africans as defenders of traditional gender roles and Christian civilization." Which leads to painful intellectual dissonance.....

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pumiceMay. 15, 13 3:27 PM

Re: "... small income difference ..." Devout married women earning over 20% less than devout single women is a small income difference, kallman11? Between 39% and 48% of devout married women being unemployed results in a small income difference???

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leftwingnewsMay. 15, 13 3:47 PM

It also means that devout married women understand the importance of a parent being at home with the children and not working or only working part time. It is important for the children that their parents put them first. The problem with Single parenting is that the child is not a priority.

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trudgeMay. 15, 13 4:10 PM

First, my wife and I paid $22,000 more in taxes after we got married due solely to the marriage penalty - unfair. Second, It is not necessarily true that not getting divorced is good for family.

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