This is a web log of quotations from news articles which prove that herterosexual marriage is a superior lifestyle than living together without marriage or than sodomy. The truth about marriage is summed up in Heb. 13:4:
"Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge."My comments are in square brackets.
July 23, 2002; Contact: CDC/NCHS Press Office; (301) 458-4800; Press Release; New Report Sheds Light on Trends and Patterns in Marriage, Divorce, and Cohabitation
By age 30, three-quarters of women in the U.S. have been married and about half have cohabited outside of marriage, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, "Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the United States," also finds that unmarried cohabitations overall are less stable than marriages.
The study, prepared by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, focuses not only on individual factors but also community conditions associated with long-term marriages as well as divorce and separation. The study also examines conditions associated with cohabitation, including the impact that pre-marital cohabitation has on marriage and marital stability. The findings are based on interviews conducted in 1995 with nearly 11,000 women 15-44 years of age,
"We've expanded our analysis beyond the basic 'bookends' of marriage and divorce to look more closely at how the issue of cohabitation impacts the life of a relationship," said Dr. Ed Sondik, Director of CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. "At the same time, we've also attempted to look beyond the influence of individual characteristics and are looking more at the characteristics of the community at large to get a comprehensive picture of what factors impact marriage and divorce rates in this country."
The study suggests that both cohabitations and marriages tend to last longer under certain conditions, such as: a woman's age at the time cohabitation or marriage began; whether she was raised throughout childhood in an intact 2-parent family; whether religion plays an important role in her life; and whether she had a higher family income or lived in a community with high median family income, low male unemployment, and low poverty.
The probability of a first marriage ending in separation or divorce within 5 years is 20 percent, but the probability of a premarital cohabitation breaking up within 5 years is 49 percent. After 10 years, the probability of a first marriage ending is 33 percent, compared with 62 percent for cohabitations. (source...)
["...unmarried cohabitations overall are less stable than marriages." Marriage means commitment. Shacking up together means no commitment. Marriage generally means love. Shacking up together means lust. Marriage means concern for the other person. Shacking up together means selfishness.]
Tuesday February 24, 08:31 PM; Half of young Americans to get sex diseases; By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Half of all young Americans will get a sexually transmitted disease by the age of 25, perhaps because they are ignorant about protection or embarrassed to ask for it, according to several reports.
The reports, issued on Tuesday publicised by two non-profit sexual and youth health groups, said there were 9 million new cases of STD among teens and young adults aged 15 to 24 in 2000.
They said the U.S. government's policy of preferring abstinence-only education would only increase those rates.
"For the 27 million young Americans under the age of 25 who have had sex, the stakes are simply too high to talk only about abstinence," James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, said in a statement.
"Given the prevalence of STDs, young people need all the facts -- including medically accurate information on condoms."
The reports, released jointly by Advocates for Youth -- a non-profit group advocating for sex education, and the sexual health-oriented Alan Guttmacher Institute, pull together information from several different publications.
The University of North Carolina report attacked federal policies that encourage abstinence-only education.
"Abstinence is, of course, the only 100 percent effective prevention strategy," Shawn Carney, a 17-year-old member of the UNC youth panel, said in a statement.
"But with 70 percent of young people having sex by the age of 18, we need to hear about more than abstinence. We need to know how to prevent STDs when we do have sex later in life." (source...)
[This report---though slanted to promote fornication---actually proves that God's plan of heterosexual marriage is the only safe way to have sex. Shawn Carney and the atheist humanist organizations that issued this report don't have their brains in gear. If sexual abstinence outside of marriage is the "only 100 percent effective" sexually transmitted disease prevention strategy, then that is all that should be encouraged. Frankly, it is dumb and foolish to state otherwise. This is a classic example of liberal groups giving the facts, but drawing stupid conclusions. There is another fact hidden in Shawn Carney's words. If "abstinence is...the only 100 percent effective prevention strateg," then condoms are NOT 100% effective in preventing sexually transmitted diseases. The chilling fact is that if you fornicate using a condom, you still might end up with AIDS---a horrible and incurable disease. Another fact, the STD rate in this country has skyrocked since condoms and other birth control methods were made available, thus deceiving many youth into believing that they can they can get away with sin. Gal. 6:7: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."]
January 14, 2004, Bush Plans $1.5 Billion Drive for Promotion of Marriage, By ROBERT PEAR and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
Wade F. Horn, the assistant secretary of health and human services for children and families, said: "Marriage programs do work. On average, children raised by their own parents in healthy, stable married families enjoy better physical and mental health and are less likely to be poor." (source...)
President's Statement on Massachusetts' Court Ruling
For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary February 4, 2004
President's Statement on Massachusetts' Court Ruling Statement by the President
February 4, 2004
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Today's ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is deeply troubling. Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. If activist judges insist on re-defining marriage by court order, the only alternative will be the constitutional process. We must do what is legally necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage. (source...)