It’s a prosperity artifact that has occurred in a handful of short-lived bursts of prosperity and then things go back to normal. It is a fine thing to support and encourage as a conservative, but it can’t be advocated in a vacuum that presumes it is a historical norm. The historical norm is to marry when it’s affordable, which was usually not when the girl was sixteen and the guy eighteen. It was gasp when the girl was in her mid-20s and the guy a little older.
Funny how it’s now sooooo impossible for guys to wait until their mid-20s to marry for life and girls are dooming themselves to a river of cats and despair if they wait until after age 22 but in reality-land, it was always perfectly traditional and people found ways to deal with the lack of sex until marriage. This mostly consisted of not having sex. Shocking, I know. It’s quite interesting that conservatives and liberals come together as one voice to declare that continence is impossible for humans, simply can’t be done, can’t expect it of anyone, so don’t even try.
The truth is that young marriage, if truly widespread, carries with it a higher risk of dissolution even when divorce isn’t “easy”. All are not called to marry and conservatives really need to get back to accepting that reality and recognize just how much social pressure is necessary to prop up widespread marriage of young couples who are not necessarily fit for the institution.
Marriage is a social good, but you can have a society where 40-60% of people marry and you can have one where 75-85% of people marry, but the latter will have certain instabilities despite all the marriage that the former will not. With the current economic and social turmoil and relentless promotion of abnormal things as normal, it’s difficult to understand the push for young marriage with no real social support or financial/economic support by conservatives all along the right-wing spectrum, from mainstream to odd internet subculture.
Marriage is traditional. Young marriage is a nice to have, not a requirement for a normal society.