Recent King’s Graduate Publishes Article on Marriage in the Wall Street Journal
David Lapp Makes Case For Young Marriage
NEW YORK, February 18, 2010—David Lapp, a 2009 graduate of The King’s College, published an article in the Feb. 11 issue of the “Wall Street Journal” titled “Did I Get Married Too Young?”
Lapp is now a research associate for the Institute for American Values in New York City. In the “Wall Street Journal” article, he described himself and his wife Amber as “college-educated, professionally aspiring young adults in New York.” But because Lapp was 22 and Amber was 21 when they married in May 2009 “my wife and I were bucking the prevailing social script by marrying in our early 20s,” he wrote.
The article, published just before Valentine’s Day and during National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14), ends up making the case for young marriage. Marriage encourages thrift, and early marriage encourages that thrift at a younger age. But it’s not all about money. Lapp says that while the divorce rates of those who marry in their teens is very high, divorce rates for those who marry in their early 20s are similar to those who marry older. And when it comes to marital happiness, he quotes a University of Texas study that concludes: “little or nothing is likely to be gained by deliberately delaying marriage beyond the mid twenties.” In fact, the same study said those who married between the ages of 22 and 25 and stayed married to their spouses had the happiest marriages.
Lapp’s bottom line: “I may not have the freedom to globetrot at my own leisure or to carouse at a bar late into the night. But when I step into our 500-square-foot one-bedroom apartment, warmly lighted and smelling of fresh flowers and baked bread, I do have the freedom to kiss my beautiful wife and best friend—the woman I pledged to always love and cherish, and to raise a family with. I have no regrets.”
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