The number of couples getting married in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest since records began in 1862 according to official records released Wednesday.
Across Britain as a whole, the numbers of those tying the note fell by 10 percent compared with the previous year.
The article blames some of it on “sham marriages” for immigration, but it also points out the average ages of people getting married have gone up. What does this say? That people are delaying marriage or choosing not to get married, and one wonders (logically) why not, since you can have all of the benefits of marriage (companionship, sex, joint bank accounts, health benefits, etc.) without the vows and the official relationship.
Lawmakers in Massachusetts, the only state where gay marriage is legal, on Tuesday voted to advance a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, a critical step toward putting the measure the 2008 ballot.
The proposed amendment, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman but ban future gay marriages, still needs approval of the next legislative session before it can go onto the ballot.
While New Jersey passed into law its court mandated civil unions law this past week, Massachusetts is still in line for a show down between the legislature and judiciary. The judiciary created Same Sex Marriage in Mass., but the people are trying to get an amendment put into their Constitution to stop it. This will be one to watch, especially with their former governor, Mitt Romney, running for the Republican Presidential nomination.
The Mass. system is more complicated, with its requirement to have two different sitting legislatures approve the bill before being presented to the people, but it’s on its way.