Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Circular Logic?

According to Brendan Minter from the WSJ, same sex marriage is behind the increase in out-of-wedlock births in the US.
Although advocates of same-sex marriage will deny there is any connection to extending the institution to gay couples, a recent report released by the National Center for Health Statistics reveals why this debate is worth having now. The study found that although teen pregnancy rates are dropping, the number of out-of-wedlock births in America has been steadily rising since the 1990s. It seems women in their 20s and 30s are having children without getting married first. Last year the proportion of births that are illegitimate reached an all time high of 37%, or 1.5 million children.

So let me get this straight (no pun intended), couples of the same sex who are physically unable to procreate are responsible for the increase in the number of out-of-wedlock births? I always thought it was caused by heterosexual couples that had children without getting married, silly me...

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