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The Decline of Marriage Is Hitting Vegas Hard

Working-class troubles mean fewer weddings in the marriage capital.
A June wedding ceremony at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

A June wedding ceremony at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Photographer: Jonnie Chambers for Bloomberg

Roland August has officiated at thousands of weddings in Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed capital of “I do.”

But these days August—who often presides dressed as Elvis Presley—has a rare vantage point from which to observe the nation’s long shift toward “I don’t.”