As my friend Bruce Wilson notes at the Huffington Post, after six years of gay marriage in Massachusetts the divorce rate has actually gone down – and it was already the best in the nation.
Provisional data from 2008 indicates that the Massachusetts divorce rate has dropped from 2.3 per thousand in 2007 down to about 2.0 per thousand for 2008. What does that mean ? To get a sense of perspective consider that the last time the US national divorce rate was 2.0 per thousand (people) was 1940. You read that correctly. The Massachusetts divorce rate is now at about where the US divorce rate was the year before the United States entered World War Two.
But….but….gay marriage was supposed to “destroy the sanctity” of marriage and “undermine the institution upon which all society is based.” Chuck Colson said that gay marriage would cause “an explosive increase in family collapse.” Sen. Wayne Allard of Colorado said that gay marriage was part of a grand plan to “destroy the institution of marriage.”
Brian Camenker declared, “if we allow this [ same sex marriage ] to happen we will, in effect, have destabilized the basic institution of our society, which is marriage between a man and a woman.” Jerry Falwell said that gay marriage would “destroy the tradition of marriage” and that the nation was “on the precipice of moral devastation.”
And yet, it hasn’t done any of those things. I’m sure there’s a perfectly rational reason for this. Perhaps marriage has some sort of residual sanctity that has protected it so far. I’m sure it must be something like that, because it can’t possibly be that all of these people were just full of shit, right?