According to a recent Pew Research Center study, only 51% of adults today are married compared with 72% in 1960.
According to government data, more than half of births to women under 30 are out of wedlock.
I’ve written about this before - how despite these statistics, it seems that our choice not to marry still makes people we know, young and old, uncomfortable with our decision.
“I don’t know what to call you.”
“Er, this is Matt’s….(awkwardly trails off)”
Should you ever find yourself meeting me for the first time, or introducing me to an acquaintance, you are free to call me by my first name, Matt’s girlfriend, baby-mama, or partner. “Wife” seems to be the popular title of choice as it appears to make most people more comfortable.
I was interviewed for the May 2012 issue of Glamour magazine for an article about having faith in marriage.
(Please note I could care less about celebrity marriages/divorces.)
My intention is not to offend nor disrespect any of my married friends. I love weddings and respect your decision to wed in the same way I expect you to respect my decision not to. I have friends who are married because it’s either a religious or family tradition, or they view it as the ultimate commitment.
I was the never the type of girl who fantasized about my wedding, and it just isn’t something I see in my immediate future.
I adore my partner, my growing family and feel happy, loved and secure.
I invite you to read the article and look forward to hearing your reasons for wedding or not.
- Faith Permeating Life – Thoughts on Marriage series
- Marriage Rate in America Drops Drastically (herstontennesseefamilylaw.com)