Matthew R. Perry

More Evidence for Traditional (Read: Biblical) Marriage

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2006 at 6:00 am

The November 20, 2006, edition of the Wall Street Journal gave an excellent analysis for the merits of traditional (read: biblical) marriage — that is, marriage between one husband and one wife for life. Thanks to Gary Bauer of American Values for passing this information along.

35% of children in single parent households live below the poverty level. Cohabitation actually makes it worse, with 40% of children with cohabiting parents living below the poverty level. The percentage of children in married households living below the poverty level – 8%.

11% of children in single parent households were found to have high levels of behavioral and emotional problems, compared to 9% of children with cohabiting parents. The percentage of children with high levels of behavioral and emotional problems in married households – 6%.

23% of kids in single parent households have been suspended or expelled from school in the past 12 months and it’s the same for children with cohabiting parents. The percentage of children in married households suspended or expelled from school in the past 12 months – 10%.

Given this information, it is still amazing that those who are for same-sex marriage ignore these statistics and the stability traditional (read: biblical) marriage provides.

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  1. How do those stats provide any support for traditional marriage? People could view this as all the more reason to support homosexual unions.

    What do you say for those Protestants who claim that homosexual marriages are also biblical?

  2. You are correct — this was more advocating two parents at home, but I will answer this in a post in the near future.

    As for your other question, I have addressed that in response to a USA Today Op/Ed piece by Buzz Thomas. You may read it here.

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