With an unprecedented amount of freedom in regard to personal moral choices, barely half of all adults in the U.S. are married. Bastardy is a word now only read in historical novels, it is no longer a social reality. But with the removal of the power to stigmatize comes the lessening of social and even legal pressures which direct young people toward marriage.
The casualties of this freedom are our children. Mothers struggle to be both sole provider and sole nurturer and fathers often lose contact with their children despite their best intentions and legal provisions. Children are then deprived of the security of having both parents in the home and are subjected to unknown risks when a stranger enters their home as their mother's* new beau.
Read Rick Banks on the costs to our children here.
*the majority of single-parent homes are headed by mothers