Just in time for Father’s Day
Ah, home from church, opening up the Sioux Falls paper, and here’s a lovely feature from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
Hail, Minneapolis, that wish-we-were-a-Northeastern-coastal-city, rainbow flag wavin’ bit o’ heaven on the Mississippi. Just in time for Father’s Day, they run a feature on their “Relationships” page, touting - what? - the blessings of a good dad-child bond? Nah, as in most social justice driven venues, it’s the paradoxical romance of raw individualism:
In Minnesota, almost one in three new mothers is unmarried, says the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), up from about one in four 10 years ago. Fewer than one in five are teenagers, continuing the decline in teen births. More than 42 percent are at least 25 years old.
What’s going on with marriage here reflects national trends, which show an even stronger shift, with four in 10 births to unmarried women, more than double the rate in 1970, according to the NCHS. Of these births, 60 percent are to women in their 20s.
Mikki Morrissette, 50, calls the women who decide not to sacrifice motherhood while waiting to fall in love “choice moms.” She’s one of them.
The tick-tock of the baby clock that haunted women in their late 30s now is heard by those in their late 20s, said Morrissette, founder of the online resource ChoiceMoms.org. “They’ve got big jobs, or had big jobs, and now want time to be a parent,” she said. “Marriage is not a priority they have at this point.”
And then, in another odd paradox for a liberal city periodical, there’s a paean to selfishness and maybe even good ol’ greed,
...the premium that couples place on maintaining their independence, financially and psychologically.
Many see marriage more as a way to split expenses than pool resources, according to The Marriage Project study. High divorce rates tell them to plan for the worst and to be ready to support themselves if needed.
Hopefully, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church can catch up with this wonderful fusion of social liberalism and fiscal libertarianism and do something about out of date, irrelevant stuff like what we have in the Book of Common Prayer’s version of Marriage:
I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all
that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
Happy Father’s Day!
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