Do You Have Your Parents' Marriage?

Monday, July 08, 2013

Hear from newlyweds, gay or straight, who were married in the past two years or were engaged to be married. Brian Lehrer asks callers how their marriages are different from their parents' and grandparents’, and what their expectations are for marriage. Are there generational differences, and what do they mean for the institution of marriage.?

“I was from a mother and father who got married, stayed together, and they stayed together more because that’s what they were supposed to do." Amy in Manalapan says, "Like them being happy wasn’t the most important – they had to do the right thing. And there were rules to follow."

Comments [5]

dara from UWS

When you say single parent, does that include divorced parents who co-parent?

Jul. 10 2013 10:54 AM
Leslie from Alameda, CA

Yes. We went to city hall.
No. My parents divorced at 21 years. Ours is on its 39th year.
No. His parents lasted beyond 50 years, to their deaths.

Jul. 09 2013 02:21 PM
alistair from Manhattan

People expect too much from marriage. Find a partner that compliments you and be comfortable in your own skin. The rest will fall into place.

Jul. 08 2013 11:55 AM

To the caller who based his marriage on earning power, so what happens when your wife starts earning significantly less than you or when you earn significantly less than her? Divorce?

Jul. 08 2013 11:54 AM
Tom Crisp from UWS

A number of years ago Andrew Sullivan argued - against the prevailing wisdom among gay activists - that marriage and military service were the lynchpins of equality before the law for gay Americans.

It's impossible to deny him his moment today: he was absolutely right.

It will not matter that not all gay couples marry, or that not all gay individuals become part of couples. We are not limited to 19th-century or even 20th-century definitions of happiness. But the options are becoming available to us all, and that is a fine thing.

Jul. 08 2013 11:50 AM

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