Are you having kids?

22 Aug

A recent NY Times article explores the increasingly equal opportunity pressure of the question, “Are you having children?” and it’s slightly more presumptive form “When are you having children?” (, on gay couples who have recently gotten married.

While I agree with demographer Gary Gates that “[t]he definition of family is unquestionably evolving,” the automatic assumption that married couples–hetero and gay–have children (it’s just a question of when) seems to indicate that our ideas about why people get married may be evolving more slowly.

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