Our View: Distressing numbers to ponder

Posted: April 2, 2013

As the Supreme Court debates the future evolution of the “Modern (American) Family,” the status quo antebellum, as it were, is hardly encouraging. Consider this data:

 Seventy percent of black babies are born out of wedlock, as are 53 percent of Hispanic infants.

 Likewise, 70 percent of babies born to poor white women enter the world sans benefit of married parents..

 Finally, more than half the children born to mothers under 30, regardless of income, are, to use a politically incorrect term, “illegitimate.”

 Now, for some perspective: For the first 350 years of American settlement, or until the ’60s, the illegitimacy rate was constant, at 2 to 3 percent of all births.

It’s enough to make defenders of marriage wonder what, if anything, they are saving.