What am I supposed to do with a positive anecdote? Good thing it worked out for them in the end but it is not representative.
It isn't an anecdote.
About 6% of children live with both unmarried parents. That's not a monstrous percentage, but it's sizeable.
-Marriage is becoming less important. Living together unmarried is becoming more normal.
-Divorce is becoming more common. This is not the bad thing that a lot of people argue that it is. Bad marriages are far more damaging to children than a divorce is.
"But as David Ellwood and Lawrence Summers have shown, welfare benefits could not have played a major role in the rise of out-of-wedlock births because benefits rose sharply in the 1960s and then fell in the 1970s and 1980s, when out-of-wedlock births rose most. A study by Robert Moffitt in 1992 also found that welfare benefits can account for only a small fraction of the rise in the out-of-wedlock birth ratio.
Although many observers expected liberalized abortion and contraception to lead to fewer out-of-wedlock births, in fact the opposite happened because of the erosion in the custom of “shotgun marriages.”
The fertility rates for married women of both races declined rapidly"