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Autumn Constance Reading 12 The meaning and permanence of marriage is changing as cohabitation increases. Marriage used to be an event that marked the formation of a new home, the beginning of sexual relations and the birth of a child. It also implied that each partner had one sexual partner. The 1990 census was the first to include unmarried partners as a category of household relationships but marriage remains more accepted by society. Pg. 162 Cohabitation is increasing and who cohabitates is changing. The proportion of unmarried women who were cohabitating tripled, from 3% to 9% between 1978 and 1998. Unmarried men jumped from 5% to 12%. Pg. 163 Cohabitation began to capture national attention during and after the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Only 8% of first marriage is in 1960’s were preceded by cohabitation compared with 50% in the mid-nineties. It is believed that increased uncertainty about the stability of marriage, the erosion of norms against cohabitation, birth control and the weakening of religious restraints seem to be ending
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course REL 330 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Central Mich..

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