Recently, I have been doing some research on cohabitation leading to marriage. Particularly I have been looking for secular research. A colleague pointed me to 'The National Marriage Project' a "nonpartisan, nonsectarian and interdisciplinary initiative located at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey."
Not only do they have topic specific research but they also put out a paper each year entitle 'The State of Our Unions'. Having read it, I would like to suggest that this paper is worthy of all of our consideration. The chances are that those who approach this blog either do so from a stance of agreement or disagreement. Never the less, I believe that a majority of those who approach this blog have a deep love and respect for the institution of marriage.
That being said, please consider reading this paper. No where in the paper are the words "contraceptives" or "birth control" used. I would ask the discerning reader to ask herself/himself, as she/he reads this, whether it is reasonable and/or likely that the contraceptive age has had any bearing on what they report to be 'The State of Our Unions'. And if it has had a bearing, has it been positive or negative, and to what degree?