Accepting the conception of a child out of love—and out of wedlock.
This is a country where nearly half of all children are born out of wedlock.
The results are shocking: 96 percent of babies born to African American high school dropouts are born out of wedlock.
Old English wedlac "pledge-giving, marriage vow," from wed + -lac, noun suffix meaning "actions or proceedings, practice," attested in about a dozen Old English compounds (cf. feohtlac "warfare"), but this is the only surviving example. Suffix altered by folk etymology through association with lock (n.1). Meaning "condition of being married" is recorded from early 13c.