The marriage rate in the United States has dropped to its lowest point since someone began keeping records, and anyone who is not a man-hating feminist knows that is a bad sign for the future.
A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows marriages fell 6 percent from 2018 to reflect an average 6.5 unions per 1,000 people, the lowest number since the federal government began keeping records in 1867.
Americans would not be surprised to know the peak came immediately after World War II, when the “Greatest Generation” gave us the “Baby Boomer” generation of 16.4 marriages per 1,000 people.
Looking at those statistics from nearly 75 years ago, the rate has dropped approximately 10 percent since then.
The lead author of the study, Sally Curtin, called the new figures “historic” for the nation. She did not speculate about a clear reason for the decline but predicted the coronavirus epidemic would impact those numbers during the current year and show a bigger decline in the near future.
What is 'marriage' anyway?
Dr. Robert Jeffress, who leads First Baptist Church in Dallas, says one reason for the drop in marriage can be traced to the landmark Obergefell decision in 2015 that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, including in states where it was banned.
“Whenever you counterfeit something, you cheapen the value of the real thing,” Jeffress says. “And if you expand marriage to, basically, any definition you want – two men, two women, three men and a woman – I mean, if marriage is what you want it to be, why bother to get married at all?”
Jeffress points to a turn-of-the-century Hoover Institute study of Scandinavian countries, where marriage was “dying” in Sweden in Norway but 60 percent of children were born out of wedlock.
The study by Howard Kurtz, which generated a 2004 commentary by Dr. Albert Mohler, predicted the United States would eventually experience a decline in traditional marriage as the populace embraced a more liberal definition of what marriage means and what it represents.
"Instead of encouraging a society-wide return to marriage,” Kurtz observed 16 years ago, “Scandinavian gay marriage has driven home the message that marriage itself is outdated, and that virtually any family form, including out-of-wedlock parenthood, is acceptable.”
Kurtz did not directly blame same-sex marriage for the decline – shifting morals had already weakened the institution, he said – but same-sex marriage “accelerated” what was already happening, which was the end of marriage and no more raising children in countries where the eventual death of the population is now predicted.
Same-sex marriage 'superior'
Meanwhile, proponents of homosexual marriage have used dismal divorce rates among heterosexual couples, and even the idea of a man and woman under the same roof, to claim that homosexual marriage would not only improve the institution but prove to be “superior” to it despite billions of traditional marriages and thousands of years of history.
Heterosexual men and women ruined marriage, the argument went, so let two committed men show you what it's supposed to look like.
Responding to Kurtz’s own observations, and echoing Dr. Jeffress’s warning, Mohler summarizes in his commentary that marriage is “virtually dissolved into meaninglessness” when it means two men, or two women, constitute a marriage.
“When marriage is reduced to one lifestyle option among others,” Mohler writes, “it can also be redefined to mean anything a society might consider legitimate at any moment.”
Asked by OneNewsNow if the “ship has sailed” on biblical marriage in the United States, Jeffress says it has. That moral high ground cannot be reclaimed from society, the media, and the courts, he says.
“It will never change is my prediction,” he says. “But that doesn't mean the Church of Jesus Christ cannot continue to teach what the Bible says about marriage.”