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  •  Where is the divorce per marraige stat? (none)
    I know divorce per capita is lowest in MA which has been peddled all around liberal sites.  But they have less marriages there too which would partially explain having less divorces.

    Do you have statistics on divorces per marriages, kinda a success rate of marriages?

    •  um here (none) ly_values/

      2.4 per 100 marriages compared to 4.1 in Texas.

      If you dont like the Boston Globe, Im sure you can look up the Barna Group. George Barna is a conservative evangelical I think so no bias.

      More from the Barna Group:

      Area % are or have been divorced
      South 27%
      Midwest 27%
      West 26%
      Northeast 19%

      The "Northeastern Libruls" apparently stay married.

      I guess ppl in the Bible Belt do enter into marriage earlier, thus there are more marriages, but that's not necessarily a good thing either(that is, entering into marriage early).  

      George W. Bush: The Dan Quayle Presidency we never had -on a bumper sticker.

      by JP2 on Mon Dec 06, 2004 at 07:55:22 PM PST

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      •  Less education, early marriage (none)
        The situation in the Red states is no different from the situation in any third world country, except that the Red-staters have a choice as to whether or not to live in this condition.

        What they choose:

        Less eduction and more religion = early marriage and early pregnancy = too much responsibility during youth = frustration later in life = divorce.

        In liberal Massachusetts people choose to get an education and so postpone marriage to do this. Unhindered by religious resrictions, they can enjoy sex without rushing into marriage. They can then get married after experiencing different relationships and growining in maturity, as well as becoming more financially stable.  This leads to stronger marriages and less divorce.

        •  well (none)
          not necessarily less religion in New England. That might be part of it, but there a lot more Catholics there than in the South and divorce is harder to get for a Roman Catholic. So although it happens(Kerry's divorced for instance) ppl wait until they are absolutely sure to get married.

          George W. Bush: The Dan Quayle Presidency we never had -on a bumper sticker.

          by JP2 on Tue Dec 07, 2004 at 06:15:38 AM PST

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          •  Yeah (none)
            I'm an example of the fact that there can be some pretty strong religion up here (CT) too.

            But I'd still say that there's a reason it's called the Bible Belt.  There's a lot of folks up here who go to church every week, and so forth, but it's more tradition than anything else for a lot of them.

            What am I doing on DailyKos? I'm Running for the Right...

            by RFTR on Tue Dec 07, 2004 at 10:58:11 AM PST

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    •  the article points out (none)
      reasons for the lower divorce and I think early marriage has a lot to do with higher levels in redder states. MA has a higher % of high school graduates than  any other states(so Bush left the children behind in his own state too!). Higher family income in MA than Tx which keeps down divorce. Guess those taxes actually do some good. Surprise!  

      George W. Bush: The Dan Quayle Presidency we never had -on a bumper sticker.

      by JP2 on Mon Dec 06, 2004 at 08:03:47 PM PST

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