Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Gay Marriage Bans Not Stemming Out-Of-Wedlock Births

Over the past decade, state after state has enacted a Defense of Marriage law or a state constitutional amendment in an effort to protect traditional marriage between one man and one woman. But those laws have done nothing to stem the tide of growing out-of-wedlock births. According to a new government report, the number of out-of-wedlock births reached an all time high in 2005--nearly forty percent of new babies born last year were the product of out-of-wedlock births. The out-of-wedlock birth rate grew even as the birth rate for teen mothers declined. AP reports:

Out-of-wedlock births in the United States have climbed to an all-time high, accounting for nearly four in 10 babies born last year, government health officials said Tuesday.

While out-of-wedlock births have long been associated with teen mothers, the teen birth rate actually dropped last year to the lowest level on record. Instead, births among unwed mothers rose most dramatically among women in their 20s.

The overall rise reflects the burgeoning number of people who are putting off marriage or living together without getting married.

The increase in births to unwed mothers was seen in all racial groups, but rose most sharply among Hispanics. It was up among all age groups except youngsters ages 10 to 17.

"A lot of people think of teenagers and unmarried mothers synonymously, but they are not driving this," said Stephanie Ventura of the National Center for Health Statistics, a co-author of the report.

As lawmakers in Indiana ponder whether to amend Indiana's constitution to ban same-sex marriages, they may want to consider what exactly such an amendment will accomplish. Clearly, more and more straight couples are foregoing marriage while starting families. The decreasing value straight couples place on the institution of marriage can in no way be attributed to gay marriages or civil unions, which remain illegal in all but three states.


Wilson46201 said...

As I recall from my Sunday School lessons, Jesus was really really down on adulterers and fornicators. Kinda harsh, even. Over 200 times! Somehow he never got around to grousing about men lying with men as women.

That doesn't mean that Christ was against straight folk, it's just that they need more supervision!

Anonymous said...

Combine the unmarried births with the divorce rate, and you get only 30% of kids getting through childhood with "married parents" (as a generalization). I think in Indiana the rate of unmarried births is actually higher than the national ave.

Yep, I think we should pretty much focus on gay marraige bans. Them gays is just about the biggest threat to traditional marriage, family values and child welfare we ever seen here in Indiana.

'Course if we could outlaw all birth control too, we could have even MORE out of wedlock births.

Anonymous said...

Someone, please, save this post, and the underlying data, because we'll need it in about, oh, February, when the idiots at the Statehouse need some logic on this issue.

LPerdue said...

I'd like to point out that the unmarried mothers (and fathers) includes Katie Holmes, Angelina Jolie, and any number of other people I don't give a rat's ass about.

I'm sure it also includes any number of lesbians who are in long-term committed relationships without the legal underpinnings our pathetic government gives heterosexuals.

Go unwed moms!!!