At CNN, David Frum writes about the new conversation on marriage:
…The United States is becoming an increasingly class-stratified society. The few at the top enjoy unprecedented affluence. The many in the middle and at the bottom face narrowing opportunities and declining standards of living. The dwindling of marriage is both cause and consequence of America’s evolution away from a society of equal chances. The restoration of marriage is crucial to reviving the middle class and offering hope to the poor.
Marriage means two incomes at a time when most Americans find two incomes essential to earning a middle-class livelihood.
Marriage secures the active presence of fathers in children’s lives.
Marriage means more asset accumulation: Married families save more at every income level.
Marriage means fewer accidents and illnesses, less stress, and more happiness and personal fulfillment.
Yet even as we reach a new social consensus about marriage’s importance, marriage seems to have become increasingly elusive, difficult, and uncertain. It’s time for all Americans, left and right, gay and straight, to join David Blankenhorn’s “new conversation.”