In the continuing debate over the Weekly's decision to include a same sex couple in the Weddings section, Marilyn Ludt claims that "commitment to marriage and family will be weakened" (by same sex marriage). I have previously heard this sentiment echoed and have always wondered on what statistics such claims are based? With same sex marriage being a legal choice only recently, how can such statistics even exist?
"Traditional" marriage between a man and woman has existed for ages and so we do have the stats on that. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that the marriage rate is 7.5 per 1,000 total population. Divorce rate: 3.6 per 1,000 population (46 reporting states and D.C.). Age at marriage seems to be the indicator of whether or not a marriage fails: "Of women who got married when they were younger than 18, almost two-thirds got divorced, compared with about a third of those married at age 20 or older" (NCHS).
Marilyn, sexual orientation has nothing more to do with a person's commitment to family than does the color of their skin. I am a married heterosexual mother of two and I will not support any proposition that seeks to exclude any group from the legal right to marry. My children have grown up in a world where women can vote, and where African Americans and Caucasians can ride the same bus. I will not join you in taking steps backwards.