Despite the homosexual/transgender/poly-everything juggernaut, The Daily Telegraph reports some good news for real marriage that probably won’t get a lot of media attention. In Marriage Boom As Britain Experiences The Feelgood Factor we read:
The number of weddings in England and Wales jumped by 5.3 per cent in 2012 to more than 262,000 – the highest level for a decade and one of the biggest single increases since the early 1970s, according to the Office for National Statistics.
But analysis by the Marriage Foundation think-tank concludes that the true increase could be as much as 11 per cent when estimates for the number of couples flying abroad to get married are taken into account.
In percentage terms that would be the biggest rise since the surge in weddings when British servicemen returned from war in 1945.
Coupled with the biggest year-on-year jump in the number of church weddings for more than 30 years, family lawyers said it pointed to a revival of support for a “traditional” image of marriage.
Now, isn’t that something to celebrate? No, it’s not perfect, and yes, it’s a long way back, but let’s try to break out of the depressing cycle of constant criticism of moral trends and rejoice in any indication of God’s continuing grace to our world.
The report suggests a number of reasons for this “boom,” including an improved economy and even the “William and Kate” effect.
Ultimately though, it’s God, isn’t it. So, let’s not despair, let’s not give up, let’s not retreat, let’s not stop praying, let’s not stop advocating and lobbying.
Above all, let’s keep marrying (once each), multiplying (as many as you can manage), and modeling family life. If we do, the contrast between happy “traditional” families with the disintegrating and dismal alternatives will be increasingly shocking and stark and will be the most powerful argument in the world.
This report makes me hope that before too long people will yet come to their senses and will look back on these last 10 years of “redefinition” and wonder, “What were we thinking?”