posted on Oct, 16 2006 @ 05:03 PM
Since this is a social issue, I figure it belongs here.
A new survey has shown that traditional marriage has ceased to be the preferred living arrangement in the majority of US households.
The findings, which were released in August but largely escaped public attention until now because of the large volume of data, indicated that
marriage did not figure in nearly 55.8 million American family households, or 50.2 percent.
More than 14 million of them were headed by single women, another five million by single men, while 36.7 million belonged to a category described as
"nonfamily households," a term that experts said referred primarily to gay or heterosexual couples cohabiting out of formal wedlock.
In addition, there were more than 30 million unmarried men and women living alone, who are not categorized as families, the Census Bureau reported.
By comparison, the number of traditional households with married couples at their core stood at slightly more than 55.2 million, or 49.8 percent of
This actually does surprise me, considering all the hype about family
values and what not, I figured there actually were more traditional
I don't consider this to be a bad thing, though I'm sure some will.
When it comes down to it, family are the people you care about and
who care about you as well.
I definately think that alot of the traditional preachers and conserva-
tive polityicians will initially use this to try and get people to be how
they want, but when it comes right down ot it, the numbers show that
people just really don't want to live the way the conservatives and
religious right want them to.