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Fresh research Gibson Davis will present next month, based on 2.5 million birth records in North Carolina between 1990 and 2012, shows that while shotgun marriage has declined, it's not yet obsolete.

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Shotgun weddings becoming relics of another time

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Among celebrities often known for nonconforming behavior more recent pregnant brides include Drew Barrymore and Alicia Keys. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D Texas, married about six weeks before his daughter arrived in December. So far, engaged and pregnant couples Jason Sudeikis, (formerly of Saturday Night Live) and actress Olivia Wilde and TV sitcom star Ashton Kutcher and actress Mila Kunis haven't yet tied the knot.

"Things don't always go in order as planned," says Sheila Elliott, 29, a banker. "We had talked about marriage before I got pregnant. We were already working in that direction when it happened."

Although the couple from Prior Lake, Minn., weren't living together when she got pregnant, they bought a house and moved in together a few months before their older daughter Lexi, now 3, arrived.

education they had. Over the same period, the percentage of first time mothers who were living with the baby's father at the birth tripled, from 10% to 30%.

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"At the time, everything was good, and we had a good relationship the way it was without getting married, and we kind of just waited until the time was right," says Jared Elliott, 39, a machinist.

option you can decide upon. That is what I think popular culture's biggest power is."

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Last month, Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie announced that she and Michael Feldman married and that she was four months pregnant. But Guthrie made it clear theirs was not a shotgun wedding.

A carefully planned destination wedding finally brought Sheila and Jared Elliott to the altar after twists and turns that included the births of two daughters, the deaths of his parents, and buying a house and car for their growing family.

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Each of these new studies shows that more educated women are more likely to marry.

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The Elliotts are among a growing number of couples whose reaction to a surprise pregnancy isn't a fast track to wed. The "shotgun wedding" a hurry up union before a birth is rapidly becoming a relic in today's society.

? The share of single pregnant women who cohabit by the time of the child's birth rose from 8% in the 1970s to 28% today, while the share who married by the birth fell from 29% to 8%. births.

"A generation ago, having a child without being married was controversial," he says. "Now the culture has proven there are lots of people out there raising children without being married."

Such changes are the result Nike Black Shorts For Girls of a variety of influences, from family and friends to characters on TV or in the movies and how celebrities start families, suggests Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television Popular Culture at Syracuse University in New York.

"We set the wedding date, I bought my dress, and then I found out," she told viewers.

"When these things happen in mainstream popular culture, they send a signal to the society that this is normal," Thompson says. "I'm talking less about celebrities because celebrities aren't normal. But when it happens to characters on shows like Friends or Ellen or How I Met Your Mother, it sends the message this is now normal and something people do and an Nike T-shirts For Girls

as the Census Bureau and National Center for Health Statistics, document the steep decline in such marriages and how socio economic, racial and ethnic differences affect relationships.

? 27% of women whose first premarital pregnancy was in the 1970s experienced a "shotgun marriage" compared with just 7% for pregnancies since 2000.

His analysis of the most recent federal data based on 6,187 women who had a premarital pregnancy that led to a live birth concludes that the best odds for marriage come during the shotgun period, before the birth.

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Earlier this month, actor Johnny Depp dismissed speculation that his fiance, actress Amber Heard, is pregnant, repeatedly saying their upcoming marriage is not "a shotgun affair."

About two thirds of couples who had a premarital pregnancy in the early 1960s got married in a rush. That share fell to just about a quarter by the early 1990s, research shows. The latest analyses by researchers from those federal agencies not yet published suggest a drop to single digits as more couples opt to live together rather than marry and don't want a child to rush them into marriage.

? The percentage of unmarried pregnant women who marry within three years of conception has fallen by half since the 1970s, from 51% to 25%.

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The study found that a woman's greatest likelihood of marrying during a premarital pregnancy is within 4 6 months of conception. Women who don't marry by the time their child is born may be unlikely to do so in the subsequent two years, the data show.

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"No one thinks for a moment there's a man out there with a shotgun telling a trembling young father to be 'You must marry my daughter,' " she says. "But for young white women under 25, shotgun marriage births are still 16% of all married births."

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