The institution of marriage in the United States is embroiled in controversy. In particular, the issue over gay marriage is drawing fierce cultural divides between those who have alternative definitions of marriage, both in society and according to the law. There has never been a time in U.S. history in which marriage rights have been so scrutinized and partisan. No matter what side you are on in that debate (assuming you have an opinion on the matter), it is important to understand a few things about marriage in the U.S. as it currently stands.
In short, marriage in America is going through dicey times. Nearly 50% of all marriages wind up in divorce court. Every 13 seconds, a couple in the U.S. files for divorce. Interestingly (although not surprisingly), Nevada has the highest rate of di