Elizabeth Marquardt — who opposes equal marriage rights, because (she says) if we recognize same-sex couples that alters the meaning of marriage and heterosexual fathers will lose connection to their kids — writes:
And estimates are as high as 1 in 4 in nine states!
“An estimated 18% of females nationwide will become teen mothers, according to a new Child Trends research brief. The brief also finds that states vary widely in the estimated percentage of females who will have a baby before the age of 20, ranging from 8% in New Hampshire to 30% in Mississippi.”
So which 9 states are projected to see 1 in 4 teenage girls become mothers? Mississippi, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Tennessee. All of those states are well-known hotbeds of marriage equality.
So in contrast, how did Connecticut and Massachusetts — where same-sex marraige is legal — rank? In the entire country, only Vermont and New Hampshire have lower projected teen motherhood rates. Oh, and by the way, Vermont’s senate just voted for legalizing gay marriage.
So apparently we can have both equality for same sex couples and low teen motherhood rates. Who knew?