“Family Values” states show highest divorce ratesAug 25th, 2007 | By H. Lukas Green | Category: News
Religious fanatics who scream about the threat of same-sex marriage have to come up with a new swan song in light of some recent statistics that indicate more marriages fail in traditionally conservative states than in those alleged to be liberal.
The lowest divorce rates are largely in the blue states: the Northeast and the upper Midwest. And the state with the lowest divorce rate was Massachusetts, home to John Kerry, the Kennedys and same-sex marriage. – The New York Times.
In 2003, the rate in Massachusetts was 5.7 divorces per 1,000 married people, compared with 10.8 in Kentucky, 11.1 in Mississippi and 12.7 in Arkansas.
And a little closer to home here in Idaho, those same statistics seem to hold up.
In Idaho State, the divorce rate is quite high i.e. 5.6% per 1,000 of the population which makes it 4th highest in the nation. – AboutDivorce.org.
Another source upholds that figure with a slight percentage point difference. Idaho’s divorce rate in 2002 was 5.3 percent. SOURCE: Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC.
“Some people are saying, ‘The Bible Belt is so pro-marriage, but gee, they have the highest divorce rates in the country,’ and there’s a lot of worry in the red states about the high rate of divorce.” – Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University.
In spite of the overriding evidence that same-sex marriage is absolutely no threat to heterosexuals, those of us in Idaho still have to hear the shrill and divisive propaganda from the likes of Bryan Fischer with the so-called Idaho Values Alliance.
“Any weakening of the traditional Judeo-Christian definition of marriage will undermine the foundation of Western culture and result in deep, permanent fractures that will fundamentally alter American culture and all of Western civilization.” – Fischer’s so-called The Truth About Gay Marriage and Civil Unions.
The Barna Group, a California organization that studies evangelical Christian trends, has produced two studies about divorce that found that born-again Christians were just as likely to divorce as those who are not born-again Christians.
A same-sex couple in a loving personal relationship has absolutely no impact on the lives of heterosexuals. This is just fear and lies spread by those who use ideology as a wedge to deny gays and lesbians equal rights in America.
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