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The Evolution of Marriage


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There are ample studies available that, at first glance, make it seem like marriage in the U.S. is heading towards extinction. In the last 100 years, the number of marriages per 1,000 people has steadily declined (outside of the postwar bump of the 1950s). Over the same time period, both men and women who do choose to tie the knot do so at an increasingly older age, while the number of people cohabiting, coparenting, and raising children solo have all climbed. These might seem like depressing statistics to those in favor of traditional coupling, but we’d like to make the case that the institution is alive and thriving...

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