Monday, December 5, 2011

Sanctity of Marriage: Same-Sex Couples vs. Heterosexual Divorce Rates

So the main argument behind the anti-gay marriage is that LGBT's will ruin the sanctity of marriage... but since its all about the definition of the word, lets look at "sanctity" for a moment.


[sangk-ti-tee] Show IPA
noun, plural -ties.
holiness, saintliness, or godliness.
sacred or hallowed character: the inviolable sanctity of thetemple.
a sacred thing.

Back to what I was saying, lets look at the facts of marriage. Keep in mind that these facts are of present time and are during the same time that gay marriage is not legal.

  • About 50% of first time marriages end in divorce
  • 65% of second time marriages end in divorce
  • Kim Kardashian's marriage lasted 72 days
  • Larry King has been married 8 times
  • 3.6-5% of marriages end every year
  • Money problems are cited to be the #1 cause of divorce ("for richer or poorer" that's a vow to God) yet impossible to calculate because of the vague #1 reason, irreconcilable differences.
  • Nevada offers a quickie divorce
  • The crime laden District of Columbia has the lowest rate of divorce
  • 11% of African American's have been through divorce
  • 10% of White non-Hispanic have been through divorce
  • 8% Hispanic/Latino have been through divorce
  • Two out of three marriage's ending in divorce have minor children, that's right 66.67%
  • Illegal immigrants marry for Visa's while providing their "spouse" with a monthly allowance as little as $1,000
  • An adult may marry a minor (child) by the consent of a parent in some states.
If you notice there are no divorce rates for same-sex marriages listed above. This is because it hasn't been legal enough to establish same-sex marriage to same-sex divorce statistics. However, gay couples, having had to struggle to be married, exhibit a stronger sense of commitment to each other and to marriage.

What I'm saying here is this, keeping gays from marrying is not going to save the sanctity of marriage because their is no sanctity for marriage anymore. The LGBT community actually hold marriage in higher lights because we have had to fight for it. We haven't been able to marry, divorce, remarry, and trash its reputation with a divorce rate that is climbing above and beyond half our population here in the United States. Yet those able to take advantage of it, heterosexual couples, do. Not all but again more than half.

So if anti-gay marriage groups are trying to protect the sanctity of marriage why are they not stopping all heterosexuals from divorce? Or how about outlawing cheating on a spouse? No, the gays that are married now haven't been in the news for ruining marriage. But Larry King and the late Elizabeth Taylor (God rest her soul) were all over the news for their latest of multiple marriages and divorces.

All I'm saying is this Prop H8 is only out to do one thing and one thing only and trust it is not save the "sanctity" of marriage. It is to discriminate against homosexuals, to try and reduce their stature to that of a second class citizen. It isn't to protect families (remember 2/3 of divorces have children that are minors), it certainly isn't to reduce the rate of divorce either. Yet here we are battling to have the same rights as everyone else? I thought we were all to be granted the same rights and liberties as the next, is that not what our founding fathers wanted?

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