If it’s Good for Marriage, It’s Good for Marriage

For more than 40 years, the homosexual activist movement has sought to implement a master plan that has had as its centerpiece the utter destruction of the family.” – Dr. James Dobson of Focus on The Family, in a July 2004 letter to supporters

James Dobson never gets it right.

Bruce Wilson over on talk2action has a nice analysis of marriage in Massechusetts, the only state in the Union where gay marriage is legal.

Divorce rates are commonly used as a key measure of marital and family health. US states, including Massachusetts, submit monthly summaries of vital statistics on births, deaths, marriages, and divorces to the US Center For Disease Control’s National Center For Health Statistics ( NCHS ). The NCHS then compiles publicly available monthly and yearly reports of this data. The following statistics are based on that NCHS material.

Divorce rates in the US have been declining steadily since the the early 1980’s. Massachusetts has shared in the trend and traditionally has had a divorce rate considerably lower than the national average. In fact. for several years now the Commonwealth has had the lowest divorce rate of any state in the union.

You want to know who has the HIGHEST divorce rate? You guessed it, the states that are the most strongly opposed to gay marriage.

Among those US states that have no laws on the books specifically prohibiting same sex marriage or civil unions — WY, NM, NY, MA, RI, CT, NJ, MD, VT — the average divorce rate drop ( unadjusted for population changes ) was -8.74%. No states in this group had divorce rate increases in 2004 and 2005.

Among those US states that are most opposed to same sex marriage which have also provided divorce data for the time period — ( alaska ? ) AR, KS, KY, MI, MS, MO, NE, NV, ND, OH, OK, OR, UT, TX — the average divorce rate ( unadjusted for population changes ) for 2004 and the first 11 months of 2005 increased 1.75%. This group contains 4 of the 5 states with the highest divorce rate increases in the US during 2004 and the first 11 months of 2005.

So marriage is good for marriage. What a surprise! (Not really) Marriage is good for everybody. I am in a very happy marriage. Naturally I want the same happiness for everyone else. Who would not? Who would be so cruel to deny this kind of happiness to their fellow man? Christianists.

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