The reason I’m so against preaching abstinence is that when you place one of the pillars of human existence (like food, sleep, water, shelter) behind a barrier people are more likely to break through that barrier as quickly as possible despite the consequences. You look at the morals Twilight teaches. They didn’t have sex until marriage, and so many people see that as the book having “good morals.” However, they were married very young and after a relatively short period of knowing one another. If marriage is seen as a commitment and not set as a conscious barrier to a subconscious drive, people will be more likely to take their time instead of rushing into things. And rushing into things is bad, especailly when you’re becoming part of an eternal family (fictional aside to the point of this note). If you want to save yourself for marriage, go ahead! More power to you. But it shouldn’t be something we force onto everyone. If you had to have a baby in order to get more than 3 hours of sleep every night (hypothetical situation), you would probably have a baby sooner and with less thought to the consequences than someone who could have as much sleep as they wanted without taking on such a huge responsibility and commitment. Keep in mind this doesn’t mean that marriage would end, but it would be a choice, not a requirement.
Anyways, that’s my rant for the night. Look at me being all liberal. My grandparents would faint.