Population: Hold the Wedding Bells

Hold the Wedding Bells

An old saw says that "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes pushing a baby carriage," but that idea appears to be out of style. According to a new Census Bureau report, fewer and fewer single women who become pregnant with their first child get married before the baby is born.

Analysts say the increase in out-of-wedlock births results in part from greater social acceptance of single motherhood. But other studies cite more dismaying factors: a shortage of men who earn enough to support a family and the high divorce rate. Many unwed mothers, says the Census Bureau, have come...

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