African American couples living in the Houston metro area were able to celebrate their love for one another over the past weekend on "Black Marriage Day," a day that is annually celebrated by the Wedding Bliss Foundation on the fourth Sunday in March.
Fox News reports that research by the Wedding Bliss Foundation has shown that marriage rates among black people have dropped significantly over the past several decades. In 2008, only 32 percent of black people were married, which is a decline from the 61 percent of black people married in 1960.
Marriage rates have not only declined among African Americans over the past decade, but also among almost all other races. We reported in an earlier blog post that marriage rates are now at an all-time low, where only 52 percent of all adults over the age of 18 are married based on information from the Pew Research Center and U.S. Census Bureau. Studies indicate that young adults feel that marriage is growing to be obsolete.
Black Marriage Day can be a way of providing a positive message about marriage. Last Sunday, couples in Houston and across the country were able to share their thoughts on how a marriage can be successful. Black couples were able to come together and give advice to others on marital relationships and show that despite statistics, successful marriages still thrive in the African American community.
More information about marriage laws in the state of Texas can be found through our Related Resource pages or by speaking with a Houston family law attorney.