Sunday, November 14, 2004

A Tangent on Divorce

Like many other Christians, I believe that the institution of marriage is fundamental. I do not, however, believe that gay rights, civil unions and gay marriage are threats to the sanctity of this institution. Consider this article in today's New York Times, noting that Massachusetts -- home of gay marriage and bane to the religious rights -- has the lowest divorce rate in the nation. And states that voted overwhelmingly to prohibit gay marriage, like Kentucky, Mississippi and Arkansas, have the highest divorce rates. Indeed, Arkansas has more than twice as many divorces per 1000 people as Massachusetts.


At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting comparisons. But don't you think you're stretching things a bit to imply that a state's attitude toward gay marriage is indicative of its attitude toward marriage in general? Using that kind of logic I could argue that Wal-Mart (which Arkansas has more of than Massachusetts) is the reason for the state's high divorce rate. Hey... on second thought, maybe that's it!

Shane Raynor

At 9:49 AM, Blogger jrl20 said...

The pointI made wasn't intended to be as stong as you read it. The point is that gay marriage in Massachusetts hasn't UNDERMINED the institution of marriage.

I.e., I wasn't trying to prove gay marriage as a cause for the strong institution of marriage in Mass. but rather attacking the supposed correlation between gay marriage and a WEAK INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE.


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