Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Marriage Protection Pledge

The conservative Family Research Council has a plan to ask lawmakers to take "a marriage protection pledge". It will then publish the names of the people who sign the pledge and those who don’t sign. According to Family Research, this public announcement will make it clear to voters who is supportive of the family and who isn’t. No one has sufficiently explained how banning same-sex marriage protects man-woman marriage. Nor has anyone explained how same-sex marriage threatens man-woman marriage. However, statistics tell us that the marriages of far-right Christians are in serious trouble. George Bama is a born-again Christian who heads up the Bama Research Group. Bama Research does surveys among faith groups. Bama has found that twenty-seven percent of born-again Christians have been divorced, as opposed to 24 percent of other Christians. Massachusetts allows gay marriage and its divorce rate is the lowest in the nation. The divorce rate in Massachusetts is about half the divorce rate of Texas. Other low-divorce rate states are New York, New Jersey, Maine and Vermont. The Bible belt has the highest rate of divorce. The percent of Northeasterners who have been divorced is 19% while the percent of Midwesterners and Southerners who have been divorced is 27%. So yes, it looks like the people who want to stamp out gays and gay marriage are definitely the group that should take a marriage protection pledge. Not to mention, they would benefit from marriage counseling and joining marriage support groups. They might even seek advice from gays about how to keep long-term commitments alive with grace and affection. And since the marriages of so many born-agains have either ended or are in jeopardy, maybe they should seek out same-sex partners. An alternative life-style might work better for them.

1 comment:

Barry Schwartz said...

Come on, we can’t expect people to just pull themselves up by their bootstraps. We should set up a new ‘Tennessee Valley Authority’ that goes into the South with teams of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists. It’s really what we ought to do.