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Support families – all of them
By Joanna Adams
How about a shout-out for the month of June?
Named for the Roman goddess of marriage, June has been the go-to month for weddings since ancient times. For centuries, the reasons for the popularity of June nuptials were more practical than romantic. For example, babies conceived after a June wedding would be born in the spring and thus would have a better chance for survival.
Traditionally, the groom has stood to the right of the bride during the wedding ceremony. In the olden days, if someone were to swoop in to kidnap the bride (and steal her dowry), the groom would have quick access to his sword to defend her.
These days, marriage itself could use a defender or two. Troubling trends are afoot.
While marriage statistics remain relatively stable for college graduates, the marriage rate is sharply plummeting for those with a high school education or less. The divorce rate hovers around 50 percent. Forty-one