What is with you and the marriage? It is a sham institution. It is a fraud by the religious folks. You know it and I know it. Marriage should be treated just like a contract between two people, that way we don't have bigots complaining about gay folks getting married. I have no problem with people getting pregnant outside of marriage. What you are suggesting is people should get married if they want to have a child. That's just B.S and you know it. Also, while I respect the right of women, I think Jimmy not having any say at all, well, I don't agree with that.
He had a say, but he couldn't force her to carry a pregnancy to term if she didn't want to. Or maybe that's the way you think it should work?
In 2013, your views are very run of the mill. However that was not how it was for people in the 1970s. While a man who fathered children outside of marriage might have been considered a naughty roué, a woman was not regarded the same way.
However, I would say it was not the question of marriage that was decisive because there were a lot of other things involved mainly her professional career.