“Family Values” states show highest divorce rates

Aug 25th, 2007 | By | 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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  1. What is California’s rate? This study may only show the divorce rate as higher because the Gays cannot legally marry in states where there is an equal or higher concentration of them, so there is no statistics available. Also,in this study social economic stressors were not taken into consideration as to a possible reason the rate is higher in the states mentioned.

  2. One of the reasons that Utah might have a large divorce rate is that Mormons there that are not allowed to be polygamous may be divorcing legally so they can carry on with their multiple wife’s beliefs if only in the mental set.

  3. “Some People are Saying”,… LOL,… that is the same bulls**t lead in prefix that the Fascists at Fox news uses to start nearly every Propaganda filled statement they make.

  4. I belive divorce rate would be lower in same sex marriage because they have both world to look at. Plus they see the social bull.That is put in to this issuse that some people have. mom

  5. I agree. This is a crock census to stir up political fodder for both the national gay/lesbian movement and for their left wing zealots who wallow in issues like this in the same very way as do those immoral lawyers who chase ambulances.
    Again, I say that this is entirely and unequivocably B*** S**T !

  6. The bottom line of this news hold true; that straight marriages have NOTHING to fear from same-sex couples who want the legal right to be married. All of the noise from the so-called “right” is just wrong.

  7. The truth hurts, I see.

    The real truth is marriage is only as good as the people in it. Statistics show that a large number just can not cut it, plain and simple.

    That is NOT about sexual orientation it is about dysfunction and a lack of commitment.

  8. The religious right is so homophobic that no matter what you say they will find some lame argument to oppose us. The fact is they can not keep their own houses in order certainly does not give them a leg to stand on to tell others IN A SECULAR DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY how to live.

    What I find more than a little curious is that Brian Fisher and his disciples are spending there time trolling queer sites trying to keep us from having our civil rights when they should be spending their time keeping their own marriages together. Does Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Ted Haggard, David Vitter, ring a bell and there are so many moreÂ…. Put up or shut up!!!

  9. OH! Now we can add ID Sen. Larry Craig to the list of neocons in my last comment:

    http://www.pridedepot.com/modules/wordpress/?p=1245

  10. Check out this video this is very revealing.
    “Suffer The Innocent” – The Reality of Republican Pedophilia
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFwBSDznfbQ

  11. Interesting stuff! Your findings are somewhat backed by another nationwide survey found here: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2008/11/14/top-states-for-divorce-in-2008