1. Marriage is down because of the recession? Not.
2. Gays more likely to have multiple partners? Guess again. (Plus other interesting comparisons.)
4. The results of the new national sex survey, as interpreted by Slate.
Let’s not overstate the implications of the declining marriage rate. Right now, 81 percent of all Americans have married at least once by age forty. That is, marriage remains a central institution in American life. So what has driven the largely misplaced commentary about the recession leading to a decline in marriage?