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Fewer couples are marrying in churches. Does it matter?

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald — June 7, 2018

(RNS) — The main reason church weddings are dropping is that more people are raised without religion.

Most US Catholics are fine with nontraditional families

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — September 2, 2015

(RNS) When Pope Francis meets thousands of U.S. Catholic families this month, he’ll find them excited to see him — but not necessarily in line with many Catholic teachings on family life.

Florida lawmakers to dump 1868 ‘sin’ law criminalizing unwed live-in lovers

By Reuters — April 1, 2015

“The government should not intrude into the private lives of consenting adults,” says a state senator.

Baby makes 3: More unmarried new moms cohabiting

By Sharon Jayson — August 13, 2014

(RNS) Nearly three in five births to unmarried women across the United States were to women living with their partner — marking the first time a majority of these births were to women in cohabiting relationships, according to a new analysis of federal data released Wednesday (Aug. 13).

Up ahead? Massive social change, experts say

By Sharon Jayson — February 27, 2014

(RNS) Experts say societal changes will accelerate on issues such as same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, legalization of marijuana and childbearing among the unwed. One reason? Younger people are more liberal and less conventional.

Conservatives say Utah polygamy ruling confirms their worst fears

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey — December 14, 2013

(RNS) A federal judge has ruled that Utah’s laws on polygamy are unconstitutional, in a case involving the Brown family featured on TLC’s reality series “Sister Wives.”

Remarriage rates plunge as divorced Americans have doubts

By Sharon Jayson — September 16, 2013

(RNS) Experts say the two biggest factors complicating remarriage are money and children – even if the kids are adults. “It’s much, much harder than a first marriage,” said David Olson, a retired professor at the University of Minnesota.

Cohabitation is lasting longer, becoming more common

By Sharon Jayson — April 8, 2013

(RNS) Unmarried couples who live together are staying together longer than in the past — and more of them are having children, according to new federal data that details just how cohabitation is transforming families across the U.S.

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