Those Bastards!

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

This is the kind of news story that drives the conservative right crazy:

37 percent of U.S. births out of wedlock

Unwedbabies_1 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.

Experts said the overall rise reflects the burgeoning number of people who are putting off marriage or living together without getting married. They said it also reflects the fact that having a child out of wedlock is more acceptable nowadays and not necessarily the source of shame it once was.

"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.

It’s simply a sign of the times.  The days of Ozzie & Harriet are long over.  Of course, how long will it be before someone blames this on gay marriage?