Marriage more likely among religious adults

WASHINGTON — Roughly half of all American adults (48 percent) say they are married, and members of certain U.S. religious groups are more likely to say they are married than the non-religious.

The 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Study found that fewer U.S. adults say they are living with a partner (7 percent), are divorced or separated (13 percent) or are widowed (7 percent). A quarter of Americans say they’ve never been married.

Among Mormons, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Southern Baptists and Episcopalians, a higher-than-average share of adults say they are married (6 in 10 or more). By contrast, fewer than 4 in 10 atheists, agnostics and those who say their religion is “nothing in particular” are married. (TAB)