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A Generation’s Dream of Marriage Reflects an Incomplete Truth

By Rev. Derek McCoy, Published in the Heritage Foundation’s Culture Index 2017

“How many of you are here because you want to have a thriving, healthy marriage and build a family?” That is the question my wife and I ask participants when we lead marriage retreats for young adults. In response, every participant raises a hand.

Then we ask, “How many of you are here because you eventually want to get a divorce?” Nervous laughter and awkward shuffling fill the room, but never, in 10 years of retreats, has a participants answered “Yes” to that question.

Marriage has long been a part of the American dream. People have an innate understanding that healthy marriages build healthy lives and families. But the declining marriage rate shows that the dream is fading. As I interact with young couples and singles across the nation, I notice that they embrace a mistaken belief that a healthy marriage is either unattainable or unnecessary. This mistruth plays into two

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Star Parker
Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education.
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