My Friends Will Get Married, Have Children and Homes


The Corner links to this USA Today piece on the decline of marriage in Scandinavia with the headline: "Calling Stanley Kurtz."

Yes, by all means, let's forward Stan this article, which adduces a number of highly plausible explanations for the phenomenon—from state social policy that reduces the costs of single motherhood to the ever dwindling rates of religious observance—without resorting at any point to the theory that people are fleeing the institution because it's been tainted by the gays. Maybe he'll even notice (though I'm not holding my breath) that the government's reluctance to promote higher marriage rates has not as yet turned Sweden into a William Butler Yeats poem.