Thursday, December 15, 2005

Protecting marriage from WHAT?

Vermont's Times Argus has the stats:

[F]rom July 1, 2000, through the end of 2004, according to the Vermont Office of Vital Records, 7,549 [same-sex] couples have filed for civil unions in Vermont and there have been 78 dissolutions.

... and AmericaBlog puts them into perspective:

Gosh, straight couples have a 50% divorce rate, and religious-right couples divorce at the highest rate of all Christians (this was from a study done a few years back). So the religious right divorces around 50% and gays divorce around 1%.

So the best way to protect marriage and lower the divorce rate is to let gays marry and ban marriages of right-wing evangelical Christians.

Seems we can teach the extremist hate groups a few things about family values. This is a data point that people should be using all around the country to defeat those constitutional amendments and any anti "civil union" legislation.

I've been married for over 20 years and no one has ever been able to explain to me why I should feel threatened because two people who love each other want the rights that my spouse and I enjoy. I have some good friends who are in a long-term, monogamous partnership. They are one of those couples that achieve what all of us hope for in a relationship -- a union of two beautiful souls that is somehow more than the sum of its parts -- and yet, because they are a same-sex couple, James Dobson (who, btw, encourages people to abuse their children) thinks that they are evil and our nation's leadership won't grant them even the most basic of rights. And somehow the institution of marriage (as demonstrated by Newt Gingrich, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and others of their ilk?) needs to be protected from these people?


Someone please remind me again why republicans and christians are still conferred any moral authority on this planet?


alice said...

Don't be silly. If the purpose of marriage was to have children, then we wouldn't allow the old or infertile to wed.

Betty said...

I am infertile and was allowed to wed, even by a minister. Why? And my great-aunt married a man when she was 65, WAY past menopause. She got married in the Catholic church, of all places. Why? How did our marriages help the Christian right's cause to promote family values?