Abstinence and marriage based sex education do not work. The statistics are there, they are backed up by years of research, and they are truly startling when we consider how many states and schools teach abstinence and marriage based sex ed. Not only is this a bad idea because it won't work, it places emphasis on the wrong things. Not everyone wants to get married, and up until recently, not everyone COUlD get married. Focusing on marriage based sex ed puts societal pressure on individuals who feel that the confines of monogamous lifelong commitments in the terms of a marriage don't fit what they want out of life.