Marriage Nutzy?

“No divorce for you!” Heh. Couldn’t resist that.

This was too good to pass up posting about.

U.S. Rep. John Hostettler told a gathering of clergy that divorce is as dangerous to society as gay marriage and that churches are essential to strengthening families.

“The picture of marriage is the picture of Christian salvation,” Hostettler, R-Ind., said Tuesday. “Any diminishing of that notion – whether homosexual marriage or any other degradation of marriage – is something we must fight in public policy.”

Sounds relatively harmless, but how far a leap is to actually doing something via the legislature to make it harder for heteros to get divorced? And how does that jibe with this bit of info from a British study, but that still has implications for the U.S.? (Via Alas, a Blog. Hat-tip to Lauren.)

Danny Dorling, the report’s author and professor of human geography at Sheffield University, said that marked changes in the social status of women explained the shift.

“The decline in the female murder rate is probably due to women being more likely and able to walk out of violent relationships,” he said.

“People have both became aware of how dangerous domestic violence is and how fruitless it is to stay in a violent relationship. In addition, women have become economically better off and so, in increasing numbers, they can afford to walk out.”

Sure, spousal abuse is legitimate grounds for a divorce nowadays, but does anyone know how far the Hostetlers of the world want to turn back the clock? I don’t know how much of a connection there is between the two, but one made me think of the other. Maybe it’s because I’ve known women who’ve escaped abusive relationships and gone on to build better lives for themselves and their families. Feminism definitely helped that along by making it easier both for women to obtain divorce and attain economic status that ehances the ability to leave an abusive relationship.

I’ve known men to leave abusive relationships too, but that was via the gay version of divorce, which is often just “pack your stuff and go,” letting the chipd fall where they may legally, as — in the absense of any contracts or other legal documents — there is no mechanism in place to make sure gay partners who split up both have a shot at getting a fair shake.

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