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In Coming to Terms with Americas Changing Families the author seemed to define family as any married couple In my opinion families are married couples with children not just a married couple He also talked a little about some predictions that were made early on in history The predictions were about marriage and where it was headed The prediction that marriage is dying is mind-boggling That is what Robert Rector a representative of the Heritage Foundation had said about marriage I find that prediction would be hard to believe if made today Marriage has been around for a very long time in almost every culture How could a practiced ceremony celebrated in almost every country be dead Marriage is when two people pledge one anothers love for each other in a ceremony Marriage has been documented as far back as the as Roman period Valentines Day is a holiday that was created by St Valentine He would marry couples who were forbidden to get married or wanted to and couldnt for other reasons Even if back then it was not called marriage it was a ceremony bonding two people together by love There will always be something like it Look at todays modern marriage it does not have to be only a man and a woman same sex marriages are now legal in several states John Watson a famous child psychiatrist of the early 20th century predicted in 1928 that by the late 1970s marriage would be dead Amitai Etzionia sociologist in 1977 made a prediction that by the mid-1990s there would not be any families left How would any of us be here would we all be the products of unwed parents Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation states that marriage is dying and that the next ten years will decide whether marriage and family will survive As far back as the 1940s the divorce rates have been up and down It is now
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