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Is the institution of marriage still relevant?

December 14, 2010


Hour 2

A recent Pew /Time Magazine¬†poll found that four out of every ten Americans think that marriage is becoming obsolete and unnecessary, but three quarters of people surveyed said raising kids is best done in a home with married parents. So where is the disconnect?¬† The fact is that in 2008, 41 percent of babies were born to unmarried moms and 25 percent of children lived in a home with just one parent.¬† So who is getting married and who isn’t? And given the changes of family, is marriage still necessary or an idea whose time has gone?¬†¬† We’re joined by marriage researchers STEPHANIE COONTZ and BRAD WILCOX.

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