Graph of the Day for August 13, 2010

"Marriage is slowly dying in Scandinavia. A majority of children in Sweden and Norway are born out of wedlock. Sixty percent of first-born children in Denmark have unmarried parents. Not coincidentally, these countries have had something close to full gay marriage for a decade or more. Same-sex marriage has locked in and reinforced an existing Scandinavian trend toward the separation of marriage and parenthood."  Stanly Kurtz, The Weekly Standard, 2004

Source:  The Heritage Foundation.

Hoven's Index for August 13, 2010

Marital status of the US population in 1990:

Never Married:  22.2%

Married:  61.9%

Widowed:  7.6%

Divorced:  8.3%

Marital status of the US population in 2008:

Never Married:  25.9%

Married:  57.3%

Widowed:  6.4%

Divorced:  10.4%

Source:  US Statistical Abstract, Table 56.

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