The trends toward non-marriage and toward same-sex marriage are a direct attack on fathers. The bond between a child and his mother is an obvious fact of nature, but marriage is the relationship that establishes the link between a child and his father.—Phyllis Schlafly, in the World Net Daily, singing the same tune for 40 years and counting: "Feminists, Gays, and Jews—oh my!"
There are many causes for the dramatic reduction in marriage, starting with unilateral divorce, which spread across the United States in the 1960s and '70s, putting government on the side of marriage breakup. Then came the legalizing of abortion, diminishing the custom of shotgun marriages, which in earlier years was often the response to surprise pregnancies.
The feminist notion that women should be independent of men, followed by affirmative-action/female quotas in employment, tended to carry out the goal stated by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that the concept of husband-breadwinner and wife-homemaker "must be eliminated." These feminist ideas and practices demean marriage by discriminating against men and also against fulltime homemakers.
I always love a good Phyllis Schlafly column, because Phyllis Schlafly is my constant, but rarely am I treated to such a delightful surprise as an argument for shotgun weddings in the year two thousand and fucking eleven.