BreakPoint: Take a stand for marriage during National Marriage Week

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It's almost become a cliché to say that marriage is under attack in America. But the trends and statistics are undeniable. Here are some data points:

* Marriage rates: In 1970, 80 percent of all adults were married; today it's only 52 percent. In 1960, the median age for a first marriage was 20 for women and 23 for men. Today it's 27 for women and 29 for men.

* Millennials: A full 25 percent of millennials are likely to forgo marriage altogether. One report says that a record share of millennials will remain unmarried through age 40.

That Christians are concerned about the institution of marriage is nothing new. But when leading cultural gatekeepers catch on, it's eye-opening. Sam Sturgeon, president of Demographic Intelligence, says bluntly that the United States has been experiencing a "cultural retreat from marriage."

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