In a recent column for the, Juan Williams talks about the damaging decline of marriage in our society:

“Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, draws a stark picture of the consequences resulting from the lack of two-parent families. He writes in a report:

‘According to the U.S. Census, the poverty rate for single parents with children in the United States in 2009 was 37.1 percent. The rate for married couples with children was 6.8 percent. Being raised in a married family reduced a child’s probability of living in poverty by about 82 percent.’

‘This sad reality is particularly acute in minority groups with the highest rates of unemployment. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 72.2 percent of African-American babies and 53.5 percent of Hispanic babies born in 2012 were born out of wedlock. Close to a third of white babies, 29.4 percent, also enter the world with the odds stacked against them.

‘Another way to look at the damage done by the lack of marriage is that 71 percent of families living in poverty are single-parent families.” (Click to read the full column.)

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