Marriage is not just a piece of paper. It is a formal commitment you make in front of your social circle to stick things out. To become a unit. The legal aspect is just one small part. Furthermore, you must make a conscious step to marry, whereas anyone can slide into cohabitation.
Ok. If standing in a circle makes you more committed and makes you a better parent, then by all means, do it. Personally, I don't see what the difference is. Raising children should be the responsibility of both parents, no matter what their commitment level to each other is. It would be nice if the parents loved and respected each other, but this is not a perfect world.
Originally Posted by Synarch
Why on earth would a woman have babies with someone less than desirable? She just shows she's a fucktard and bad at making decisions.
Quite possibly true. But it can happen in any circumstance, not just the one that I mentioned. It can happen if the man chooses to bail, as well.
People find themselves in abusive situations all the time. I'd hate to see a woman feel forced to tie the knot with someone of that sort because she's pregnant.
No attack on single moms, its a rough posistion (I have friends who were raised by single mothers), though more problems do come out of such situations (on a societal level). So it is a situation we want to discourage.