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I've detailed before why the concepts of Biblical and traditional marriage are nothing at all like people generally imagine. It turns out that that concept, contemporary heterosexual unions, that people like to term "traditional marriage" is under fire after all. Only it's not "the gayz" or "the liberalz" Christian conservatives have to worry about.

Turns out, what's looking back at them in the mirror might be a better source for concern.

For a new study appearing later this month in the American Journal of Sociology, Demographers Jennifer Glass at the University of Texas and Philip Levchak at the University of Iowa looked at the entire map of the United States, going county by county, to examine where divorces occurred in 2000 and what the characteristics of those counties were. Their work confirms that one of the strongest factors predicting divorce rates (per 1000 married couples) is the concentration of conservative or evangelical Protestants in that county.
Originally spotted at the Friendly Atheist. Also published to Rachel's Hobbit Hole on blogger.

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  •  familee Valoos! (8+ / 0-)

    They also suffer from:

    earliest ages of marriage (an often heard refrain: "I married to get out of that house and away from my whacked parents")

    some of the highest levels of out of wedlock births Interestingly, girls forced to attend those infamous vagina locking balls, where daddums proclaims ownership over his daughter's private parts, have the highest level of unsafe sexual activity, highest STDs, and extremely high out of wedlock births.

    highest rate of STDs
    abstinence programs turn out to be worse than worthless. But then, willful ignorance never served any good purpose.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 11:30:14 AM PST

  •  After reading about the history of 'marriage' I'm (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge

    surprised people still want to be married. I don't particularly think it benefits anyone except those who don't know how to live alone.

    Seems the main objective was to gain property...

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    "It's said that the honest man has nothing to hide. Not true. The honest man has to hide himself, because honest men are the prime targets of those who lie."

    by roseeriter on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 11:32:23 AM PST

    •  Which is Why It Is a Civil Not a Religious (1+ / 0-)
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      institution, and why you can only be pronounced married "by the authority vested in me by the state."

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 11:47:39 AM PST

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  •  From a diary I wrote about 21 months ago (3+ / 0-)
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    Rachel191, Diana in NoVa, sfbob

    If Marriage is in Trouble, Don't Blame Marriage Equality:

    The 1950s, as you probably know, have been seen as a sort of golden age in the development of American society, especially as far as the institution of marriage is concerned. With the stability created by the end of World War II and the GI Bill, men and women hurried to marry and start family life. Women married at a younger age. By 1959 almost half of all women were married by the age of 19 and 70% by the age of 24, and 40% of all men were married by the age of 24 as well.  As this went on, the divorce rate declined precipitously, and by 1960, 95% of all persons were married. As Stephanie Coontz observes,
    the cultural consensus that everyone should marry and form a male breadwinner society was like a steamroller that crushed every alternative view.

    Majorities agreed that anyone who preferred to remain single was neurotic or immoral, and that the wife should stay home while the husband was the breadwinner.  Marriage appeared to be the gateway to the good life with the increase in the availability of household appliances, large and small, and women were encouraged to focus their primary attention on the home.  This was supposed to be the wave of the future, and this is the era to which the opponents of marriage equality want to return.
    Coontz also writes that a consensus was developing during the 1920s that MIGHT have resulted in this type of marriage through the 1930s as well if the Depression hadn't intervened.

    No, "traditional  marriage" isn't even traditional.

  •  Marriage doesn't suit everyone, and the biggest (1+ / 0-)
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    lie ever perpetrated on society is that one has to be married to be happy.  In fact, if one wanted to do the research, as Dave in Northridge has done, one might find that het marriage has produced more unhappiness than happiness.

    No one should be forced into marrying just because "it's the done thing."

    Some of the happiest people I've known have been single. They like living according to their own terms, without anyone's telling them what to do.

    I've also known some happily married couples. The big thing to remember is "one size does not fit all."

    But in the 1950s (I was there), it seemed as if the concept of het marriage was being force-fed to everyone, whether they liked it or not.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 12:16:30 PM PST

    •  My catholic parents were married 62 yrs, had 8 (3+ / 0-)
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      kids.  My dad died last year-my mother's reaction blew the family apart..I never saw anyone so glad to be 'rid' of her anchor in my life!  And he was one of the good guys- no drinking, swearing, lieing, cheating etc., etc., just the salt of the earth stable human being. Mom controlled everything. He gave her his paycheck weekly and faithfully-his only request was to be able to watch the Red Sox when they played.

      us kids thought they would die together as they were so dependent on each other. We thought that was love..

      One would have thought my dad was the scum of the earth the way my mother reacted.. I'm still traumatized.

      so much for marriage and it's reality..

      "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

      "It's said that the honest man has nothing to hide. Not true. The honest man has to hide himself, because honest men are the prime targets of those who lie."

      by roseeriter on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 12:48:41 PM PST

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  •  Divorces in the totalitarian Christian counties... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...greatly surpass even my LA county home of Hollywood. Wow!

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 12:27:12 PM PST

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