Nearly a quarter of BYU students are married, recent data shows

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  • Lilalips Attleboro, MA
    Feb. 16, 2014 5:35 a.m.

    I have seen the young student families at BYU up close. I can say that both parents, from what I have seen, take on child rearing in a very fair and worthy fashion. Young fathers take the time to "parent" as true partners with mothers. I was very impressed. I've seen fathers take babies so mothers could attend classes where both parents were attending school. I was very heartened for the future of the church considering the tender and considerate way I saw families behave.

  • Nate in the 808 orem, ut
    Feb. 13, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    Chris B:
    "If the honor code wasn't enforced this number would drop dramatically."

    Yes, and if sexual assault wasn't enforced the number of rapes at the U of U would increase (2 reported since January 22)

    Chris B alleges that BYU students get married because they want to have sex, what do U of U students do?

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    @ Michael Roche

    You do not have to be married to have children, nor do you have to have children after you are married. However, if you deny two consenting adults the right to marry because they cannot naturally reproduce, than infertile couples and elderly couples must also be banned from marriage since they can not reproduce either.

    Marriage is not about children, it's about two consenting adults who love each other.

  • SaltLakeCitySlicker SLC, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    The title of this article should have been:

    "Data shows something that we already knew."


    "Deseret News wasting money on printing common knowledge"

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    Dear Liahona:

    Unfortunately, there are many statistics put out that are false.

    Dear Schnee: The world you advocate is one where only the emotional desires of adults matter--not what's best for families, children and society. That's a very selfish and harmful world....a world that is headed for self destruction.

  • liahona Westbank, BC
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    How many of those will end in divorce. Not sure where I read it- that Utah had the highest divorce rate of LDS married people going to BYU. They marry so young, put each other through school and have loads of kids - that can't be easy.

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    @Michael Roche
    Single people can adopt, infertile couples can marry, children are not a requirement for marriage nor is marriage a requirement for those with children, adoption and in-vitro still exist, and the primary church in this state doesnt' mention children once in its websites' page about beliefs related to marriage (it mentions "family" once, that's as close as it gets). Marriage already isn't child-centric in this state.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Feb. 12, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    @Michael Roche:"JD, Utah has made reasonable, non-bigoted arguments against gay marriage"
    Many find that statement patently false! The SCOTUS will soon rule on this as well and it's probable that they also find that statement patently false. The rest of your comment has no basis in fact.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 7:21 a.m.

    truth..forms: Heaven forbid two people should commit to each other, get married and have babies. Gosh, maybe they'll raise a family. How archaic.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    Dear JD:

    This story is about marriage.....true marriage....legitimate marriage....actual marriage...marriage that creates children and an eternal family--not a counterfeit, pretend version.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Feb. 12, 2014 6:01 a.m.

    If you don't like it, don't go to BYU! Problems solved.

  • Michael Roche Provo, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 5:37 a.m.

    JD, Utah has made reasonable, non-bigoted arguments against gay marriage. You can find them in this newspaper and in Utah's brief to the 10th circuit. For example, if we define 'marriage' as the union of any two consenting adults, then marriage will become less about children and more about romance. Gay marriage will reduce the importance of children in marriage; while most mother/father marriages can spontaneously create children, no gay marriage can do the same. Therefore, approving gay marriages implicitly underscores the importance of the adult experience of romance, while undercutting the importance of children. In addition, a mother paired with a father create greater success for children, statistically, than any other combination (or lack thereof) of consenting adults.

    Divorce rates are increasing and birth rates are decreasing, which are bad for children, society, and the economy. Utah has decided that, as a state, it should encourage child-centered marriages by defining 'marriage' as between a man and a woman. Many other methods of encouraging child-centered marriages do not encourage mother/father unions (the best for rearing children), or are not cost-effective, or are not effective at all.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 5:19 a.m.

    I saw this article elsewhere with the same flaw.
    Compared to what? Is the national average 2% or 22%?
    You give us this piece of information with no reference point.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 11, 2014 11:06 p.m.

    This goes to show that Utah and especially the LDS population in Utah value marriage. They value marriage enough to lead the nation in such.

    I personally thought it would have been a higher percentage of married students at BYU.

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    Feb. 11, 2014 10:57 p.m.

    Its only 25% Have you ever been to provo? its got to be at least 75% everyone has babies there.

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Feb. 11, 2014 9:35 p.m.

    I think that would also find the the average age of students at BYU is older the every other university in America so they are much closer to the ages listed by the fact that many are returned missionaries. You will see the trend going even higher when the current 18/19 YO departing missionaries all return and the mission president's advice to get hitched takes effect.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 9:03 p.m.

    @ Truth

    You can marry who you love. They can't. That is inequality.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    JD ....they have the same rights that you do.....but your right...the men can't marry men and women can't marry that make it equal in my book.....what you are asking for is inequality!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2014 7:57 p.m.

    If the honor code wasn't enforced this number would drop dramatically.