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Amanda Hess / Economic instability is making marriage a luxury

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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 12:01 am

Cindy grew up in small-town Ohio, the daughter of a union factory worker and a homemaker. Her mom packed her dad's lunch every day, the family headed to church every week, and summers were punctuated by car-trip vacations. Now in her mid-40s, Cindy is a twice-divorced single mom working a minimum-wage job at a local convenience store in her hometown. Her first husband deserted her; her second beat her. She now lives with her daughter Megan, 20, who never graduated high school, has already weathered one abusive relationship, and is currently dating a man who is in jail. Neither Megan nor Cindy is eager to get married anytime soon.

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