Marriage Rate Hits an All-Time Low

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A Pew Research Center report released Wednesday shows 51 percent of all adults in the United States are now married — a record low. In 2010, a survey also conducted by Pew found that four in ten Americans thought marriage had become obsolete, but found that most people who had never married (61 percent) would like to do so someday.

Kathleen Gerson is a professor of sociology at New York UniversitySandy Banks is a Los Angeles Times columnist who has written about marriage, race, and being a single black woman in America.