Why are Republicans so freaked out about gay marriage?

Gay marriage is OK!

Understand this – when I was a Republican, there was a time when I led protests against gay marriage. I even got a minister at my church defrocked for promoting homosexuality in his sermons. Obviously I have a lot to make amends for.

I was raised in a very conservative, fundamental, and somewhat crazed protestant church, called the Seventh Day Adventists. Suffice to say that after having my brain screwed with in that manner all the way up to the eighth grade, it has taken me some time to let go of my Old Testament leanings.

In the past few years I have however changed my opinion, drastically, about homosexuality and about gay marriage. I used to buy the conservative arguments that gay marriage would destroy marriage in general. But let’s take a closer look at that charge.

The fact is, straight people can’t seem to figure out marriage. Here are a few facts for your consideration:

  • As of 2003, 43.7% of custodial mothers and 56.2% of custodial fathers were either separated or divorced. And in 2002, 7.8 million Americans paid about $40 billion in child and/or spousal support (84% of the payers were male). (Divorce Magazine).
  • The media frequently reports that 50% of American marriages will end in divorce. This number appears to have been derived from very skimpy data related to a single county or state. However, it appears to be reasonable close to the probable value. The Americans for Divorce Reform estimates that “Probably, 40 or possibly even 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce if current trends continue. However, that is only a projection and a prediction.” (Religious Tolerance)
  • 11% of the adult population is currently divorced. 25% of adults have had at least one divorce during their lifetime. Divorce rates among conservative Christians were significantly higher than for other faith groups, and much higher than Atheists and Agnostics experience. (Religious Tolerance)
  • Donald Hughes, author of The Divorce Reality, said: “In the churches, people have a superstitious view that Christianity will keep them from divorce, but they are subject to the same problems as everyone else, and they include a lack of relationship skills. …Just being born again is not a rabbit’s foot.” Hughes claim that 90% of divorces among born-again couples occur after they have been “saved.” (Religious Tolerance)
  • Of the top 15 states for divorce rates in 2005, all 15 voted for Bush in 2004. All fifteen. Of the 12 lowest states for divorce rates, 10 voted for Kerry. Massachusetts, where gay marriage is allowed (and where, according to Republicans, civilization would fall apart), has the lowest divorce rate in the country. (Thinking Liberal)

So there you go. Christians and Republicans divorce more than everyone else, but they are freaking out now that homosexuals can get married in California. Go figure. What a bunch of hypocrites!

And the Republicans wonder why they have lost California. I was talking about this with my kids and I was so proud of them. They agreed with me – gay marriage is no big deal. It should be legal, period. This should give the GOP pause. Young people are not against homosexuals, just as they are less racist then their parents. There is hope for California, but not for the CA GOP.

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