Links: Delayed Marriage and How Straight People Paved the Way for Gay Marriage
I can’t say I’m in total agreement with this page. Isn’t comparing homosexuals who want marriage to straights who have messed up marriage, a sort of apples and oranges comparison? Isn’t the point for the homosexual activists to prove from the outset that a same-gender marriage is okay, not describe how straights have changed marriage for straights or messed it up?
The other link:
- One of the useful things about the “Knot Yet” report, though, is how much it tries to tell us about the impact of delayed marriage on the lives of adult men and women.
The simplest way to interpret this impact is suggested by the write-up the study received from the Atlantic: Great for college-educated women, pretty good for the rest of the female population, bad for men and particularly bad for working class men.
Upper-class women reap a large wage premium from delaying marriage — a college-educated woman who marries in her 30s earns over $15,000 more annually than a woman who marries in her early 20s, and when you look at household income, the premium for marrying later rises to more than $20,000. Women without 4-year degrees also enjoy a wage premium when they delay marriage, albeit a smaller one (and a very small one when you look at household income).
Men, meanwhile, reap a wage premium from marrying earlier, so late marriage tends to hurt their economic prospects: For men without a 4-year degree, the earlier the marriage, the higher their income, and even college-educated men earn more if they marry in their 20s than in their 30s. (This is not the only way that the burdens of the new marital landscape seem to fall heaviest on males.)
So instead of just looking for clear winners and losers from the new late-marrying landscape, it might be more plausible to say that 1) both the costs and the benefits of late marriage cross lines of gender and class, but 2) there do seem to be more sweet spots for the well-educated, and more land mines awaiting the working class. In upper class America, you may not want to marry too early or too late, but once you’ve graduated college there’s a broad zone where financial and emotional interests seem more likely to align than not. The woman who meets her future spouse in college and gets married to him in her mid-20s, the male college graduate who waits till his late 20s to get hitched, and the career-minded woman who ties the knot at 31 are all striking a plausible balance (statistically speaking) between marital fulfillment, marital stability and potential earnings.