Friday, November 19, 2010

Maybe it is time for Maggie Gallagher to change her focus, unless...

Unless, it really isn't about protecting families and the institution of marriage...

I was reading the Arizona Republic yesterday and lo and behold -- there was a headline that jumped out at me and brought Maggie Gallagher to mind (ugh it was not a good way to start my morning).

The headline which caught my eye, Four in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete, had some very bad news for Maggie and her fellow frauds. The face of marriage and family is changing and her strategy of going after gays and lesbians as the root of the problem is not working. In fact it is a complete failure. They can define their vision of what families should look like and who should get married all they want, but they can't change reality.

All in all, the article should be a wake up call for people like Maggie Gallagher and the other outfits that claim to be advocates for marriage and family. It should make them realize that they can set parameters for what makes up the perfect marriage and perfect family, but it isn't going to change or improve anything. It only makes them look like the complete out-of-touch-fools they are. It also exposes their real agenda. They are nothing but homophobic nutcases who don't have any interest in finding out the real reasons for the breakdown of marriage because they would have to admit that allowing gays and lesbians to marry the person they love has absolutely nothing to do with the problems that plague marriage and family. In fact some of the states that have had gay marriage in place have some of the lowest divorce rates in the country. But again, in Maggie's world, facts do not matter.

The article has some statistics that should trouble people like Maggie. In 1978, just 28 percent believed marriage was becoming obsolete, but according to a Pew Research Center study in association with Time magazine, now that number is about 39 percent of Americans who say marriage is becoming obsolete. And that number helps explain why the U.S. census data released in September showed marriages hitting an all-time low of 52 percent for adults 18 and over.

The article also sites other statistics that should trouble people who pretend to be concerned about the state of marriage today:

About 29 percent of children under 18 now live with a parent or parents who are unwed or no longer married, a fivefold increase from 1960, according to the Pew report being released Thursday. Broken down further, about 15 percent have parents who are divorced or separated and 14 percent who were never married. Within those two groups, a sizable chunk -- 6 percent -- have parents who are live-in couples who opted to raise kids together without getting married.

But I suspect that the only thing all this information will do is push homophobes like Maggie to double down. She and her faux family/marriage advocate frauds aren't going to change their strategy of blaming gays and lesbians for everything that ails society, they are just going to simply do what they always do, deny facts, deny reality, and stay the course. And that's because it really isn't about the family or the institution of marriage for these people and it never has been. It is about hate, homophobia, and ignorance.


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