Sunday's Washington Post carried two interesting articles about the pursuit of marriage in other (not specifically Christian) communities. The first one was a cover piece titled "Singled Out: In Seeking a Mate, Men and Women Find Delicate Imbalance." It was another in a periodic series titled "Being a Black Man." The encouraging aspect of this article is the family stability of the woman profiled in the piece, and how she is looking for the same type of marriage in this generation. Despite the statistics, she remains hopeful that she will succeed.
The second piece was in the World News section, titled "West Bank Weddings Losing Some of Their Bling." It focused on the growing number of single Muslim women in the Palestinian West Bank, and how the lavish wedding customs and expensive bridal dowry of 300 grams of gold, bedroom furniture, and a new wardrobe had become an impediment to marriage. What I find interesting in this piece is how the community looked at the reasons for delayed marriage and banded together to change some of the customs that had become a burden in an economic recession. But I obviously am not endorsing the custom of taking second wives, among other Muslim practices.
I offer these pieces simply as a way to be informed about marriage trends in other parts of the world.