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Sunday, October 22, 2006

All My Exes Live in Texas

For all of the family values rhetoric spewing forth from Southern Republicans you would think that their states embody protecting the man-woman-child family union, but they don't. In fact, the state with the lowest divorce rate is Massachusetts, the one state that has allowed gay marriage. I guess gay marriage is not destroying families like its opposition says it would.
The state with the lowest divorce rate in the nation is Massachusetts. At latest count it had a divorce rate of 2.4 per 1,000 population, while the rate for Texas was 4.1.

But don't take the US government's word for it. Take a look at the findings from the George Barna Research Group. George Barna, a born-again Christian whose company is in Ventura, Calif., found that Massachusetts does indeed have the lowest divorce rate among all 50 states. More disturbing was the finding that born-again Christians have among the highest divorce rates.
The NY Times also had a similar article, titled To Avoid Divorce, Move to Massachusetts.
If blue states care less about moral values, why are divorce rates so low in the bluest of the blue states? It's a question that intrigues conservatives, as much as it emboldens liberals.

As researchers have noted, the areas of the country where divorce rates are highest are also frequently the areas where many conservative Christians live.

Kentucky, Mississippi and Arkansas, for example, voted overwhelmingly for constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage. But they had three of the highest divorce rates in 2003, based on figures from the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics.