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A Boston columnist points out that the divorce rate in the only state where gay marriage is allowed, is much lower than in redneck country where opposition to gay marriage is greatest.

 

Coincidence?

 

Walking the walk on family values

William. V. D'Antonio -- Boston Globe 10-31-04

 

President Bush and Vice President Cheney make reference to "Massachusetts liberals" as if they were referring to people with some kind of disease. I decided it was time to do some research on these people, and here is what I found:

 

The state with the lowest divorce rate in the nation is Massachusetts. At latest count it had a divorce rate of 2.4 per 1,000 population, while the rate for Texas was 4.1.

 

But don't take the US government's word for it. Take a look at the findings from the George Barna Research Group. George Barna, a born-again Christian whose company is in Ventura, CA, found that Massachusetts does indeed have the lowest divorce rate among all 50 states. More disturbing was the finding that born again Christians have among the highest divorce rates.

 

The AP, using data supplied by the US Census Bureau, found that the highest divorce rates are to be found in the Bible Belt. The AP report stated that "the divorce rates in these conservative states are roughly 50% above the national average of 4.2 per thousand people. "The 10 Southern states with some of the highest divorce rates were AL, AR, AZ, FL, GA, MS, NC, OK, SC, and TX. By comparison, nine states in the Northeast were among those with the lowest divorce rates: CN, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, Pa, RI, and VT.

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... births by teenagers, as a percent of total births, was 7.4 for MA and 16.1 for TX.

 

The Northeast corridor, with Massachusetts as the hub, does have one of the highest levels of Catholics per state total. And it is also the case that these are among the states most strongly supportive of the Catholic Church's teaching on social justice issues such as minimum and living wages and universal healthcare.

 

For all the Bible Belt talk about family values, it is the people from Kerry's home state, along with their neighbors in the Northeast corridor, who live these values. Indeed, it is the "blue" states, led by MA and CT, that have been willing to invest more money over time to foster the reality of what it means to leave no children behind. And they have been among the nation's leaders in promoting a living wage as their goal in public employment. The money they have invented in their future is known more popularly as taxes; these so-called liberal people see that money is their investment to help insure a compassionate, humane society.

 

Family values are much more likely to be found in the states mistakenly called out-of-the-mainstream liberal. By their behavior you can know them as the true conservatives. They are showing how to conserve family life through the way they live their family values.

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