Six months after Time magazine asked "Who Needs Marriage" on its cover, the U.S. Census Bureau has released new statistics that seem to show marriage making a comeback.
"Marriage is actually becoming more stable in America and the divorce is becoming less common," Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia told ABC News.
The Census Bureau reported that while Americans are waiting longer to marry, the divorce rate has dropped and the average duration of marriages is rising.
The Time cover story was published after the Pew Research Center released a report titled, "The Decline of Marriage and Rise of New Families."
The Deseret News editorial page argued that too many news organizations focused solely on the idea that marriage would soon be "obsolete." The editorial emphasized pieces of the Pew report that other outlets either missed or ignored.
One example from the Pew study was the finding that 67 percent of Americans "remain overwhelmingly optimistic about the institution of marriage and the family."
The Census found the average marrying age for men rose from 23 in 1950 to 28 in 2009. For women, the average age at marriage rose from 20 to 26.
The New York Times reported that the divorce rate, which peaked around 1980, had fallen by 2009. The divorce rate for women 40 to 49, for example, decreased from 40 percent in 1996 to 35 percent in 2009.
CNN suggested a possible reason for the decline in divorce could be the increase in age at marriage. The theory is that older brides and grooms are more stable and better prepared for marriage.
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