America’s sacred tradition: economic upswing = increased divorce rate
April 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers announced today that they can tell that the US economy is improving because the divorce rate is finally – finally – beginning to rise.
They explain about the difficulties that married couples confront when their relationships sour during a recession and how the incidences of “divorce dropped 24 percent in 2008 and 57 percent in 2009” because of financial insecurity. Divorce filings started to increase at the end of 2010.
Sure, that’s an interesting economic indicator, but there is another aspect to this information that should also be considered.
Look at these statistics that compare 2007 and 2009:
In New York state, for example, the number of divorces dropped from 51,626 to 41,899; in Florida, there were 78,357 divorces in 2007 and 73,860 in 2009; and in Pennsylvania, the numbers dropped from 32,293 to 25,690.
That’s some pretty stark numbers to consider if you think about the ongoing culture war against same-sex marriage.
New York state can’t get its shit together to establish marriage equality (or even the ludicrous option of civil unions) – nor have they found it necessary to pass a definition of marriage law or amendment to the constitution to “protect tradition” as more than thirty other states have done.
Yet they don’t bat a fucking eye at the fact that tens of thousands of New Yorkers file for divorce in any given year. Even with a decline of 10k over two years that still shows that New York State residents care more about discriminating against gay couples than they do about protecting a supposed sacred institution.
Florida? Florida passed an amendment in 2008 (with 62% in favor) that read as follows: “This amendment protects marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.”
Florida voters “protected” marriage while over 200,000 men put asunder something that god had united. Are we really supposed to believe that this march to the ballot isn’t merely an exercise in punishing queers?
Pennyslvania’s divorce stats are not as alarming as NY or FL yet there is still an aching, throbbing, urge to threaten gay couples with an amendment…if they dare push to be counted among the 100k straight couples that demand to be sole flouters of tradition.
What keeps heteroseuxal couples together during tough times…for better or worse…whether richer or poorer? Is it the belief in the sacred institution that keeps America strong and gives children a home and makes gawd smile and gives the Pope a tent in his dress?
According to Linda Lea Viken, the president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers couples stayed together because they were “…afraid they were going to lose their jobs so they were very cautious about getting a divorce because you have to split your assets.”
Christian zealots and political schemers and carnival barkers alike, should take their false notions of the divine higher calling between gawd and heterosexual unions and shove them clear up their asses.
Their objections to marriage equality are not about preservation of thousands of years of recorded history. They are about preserving their own privilege to be as gawdless and bigoted as they wanna be.