Five years ago, Massachusetts was the first state in the U. S. to legalize same-sex marriage. At that time, and every time another state affords us this right, the religious right foam at the mouth and talk about how same-sex marriage will destroy so-called traditional marriage. Well, as they say, the proof is in the pudding.
According to the most recent data from the National Center For Vital Statistics, Massachusetts retains the national title as the lowest divorce rate state, and the MA divorce rate is about where the US divorce rate was in 1940, prior to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
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.
Hmmm. That seems to indicate that marriage in Massachusetts has gotten stronger in the last 5 years, not weaker! Another scare tactic blown to bits.
So, when I hear another well meaning person tell me about how gay marriage will destroy the traditional marriage and families in general, I have some ammo to come back with. Solid statistics.