Census Canada 2011: Same-sex marriage, childless couples, common-law couples and lone-parent families on the rise
The sanctity of marriage as the bedrock of the Canadian family is steadily eroding as the country’s social fabric evolves, new census data released Wednesday reveals.
Instead, although married couples are still the norm – about two thirds of families – their numbers are lagging and only increased by 3.1% between 2006 and 2011.
In contrast, the number of common-law couples rose by 13.9% and lone-parent families rose by 8% over the same period.
The shift means that common-law couples now account for 16.7% of all families, and lone-parent families now represent 16.3% of the total.
Meanwhile, in another trend reflective of the changing social landscape, same-sex couples are increasingly settling down together. Notably, the number of same-sex marriages tripled between 2006 and 2011, the first five-year period during which they could legally tie the knot in Canada.
Hi, National Post.
1) Fucking obviously, rates of equal marriage will increase. Did you think that when it was legalized seven years ago, it was a one-off event? Everyone who wanted to get married did so at THAT MOMENT! And that it wouldn’t take a while for people to get settled with the idea?
2) Fuck you and your conservative dog-whistling bullshit. Fox News hasn’t opened up here, but you’re doing a fine job spinning this non-story into something that’s going to get outspoken and violent homophobes kicking.
3) I’m really excited for your company to be gutted and liquidated when CanWest ultimately fails.
I think that the “sanctity of marriage” in Canada has never been what it has in the U.S. Throughout my life, I have known many common law couples from all sorts of backgrounds. And I come from a very rural area, and if anything, people care less about marriage than in more urban centres. Sure, lots of people are married, but it’s always struck me as a choice, not a moral imperative. Not many people really gave a shit if anyone else was married or not.
This is just my perspective, though.