Response to David Masci
This article was solely about the many opinions of the traditional institution of marriage. Some supporters of traditional matrimony feel that marriage, based on research and statistics is the best way to organize a society and the only effective way to raise children. Pessimists have a different view of this statement for various reasons. One vital reason they feel this way is due to the fact that many years before marriage was important for economic security of women, but since women now no longer need a companion for such reasons, marriage is more of a choice.
President Bush’s initiative to promote marriage among the poor was also mentioned, in addition to amending the constitution’s definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. These factors are critical in determining the future of this social institution of marriage.
In my opinion, marriage is not going out of style, it is just being ignored because people are getting comfortable doing things the wrong way. Many feel that there is no reason to get married when you can receive the benefits of a spouse by just living with them and having kids, just as if you were married. It’s not the American way, and it definitely isn’t the religious way, so why do many choose this path? I think it’s just a fad. Monkey see, monkey do. Agreeing with a statement in the article, I feel that young people take marriage far more seriously, so eventually the marriage rate will increase and the divorce rate will slowly diminish.