In response to recent news, many people are asking the disquieting question, what is the purpose of marriage and will it survive Generation Z? Marriage as an institution hails societal function and responsibility by protecting children as they mature into forthright adults. Some try to pervert the institution of marriage proclaiming that it is no longer an acceptable – or tolerable – way of life. Feminists proclaim that marriage degrades women by harnessing them to a partner in submission and servitude. In a generation of birth control junkies, highly publicized starlet pregnancies and glamorous co-habitations, it is surprising that people even get married today.
However, studies continue to show the positive effects of marriage on raising children, combating poverty levels and increasing the personal happiness between spouses. A study published by the Heritage Foundation concludes that children whose parents remain married have been found to have better health and fewer developmental problems. The study further exposes that serious child abuse is less likely to occur in married families while children from single-parent households are more likely to end up in jail. Surprised?
As the institution of marriage takes a thrashing, not only in our courts but also on the front page of news articles, it is no wonder people question the future of marriage. Before we allow Generation Z to ride marriage off as a begotten flaw of previous generations, consider the benefits of marriage to our children, our economy and our own happiness.