Sunday, May 26, 2013

Who Killed Marriage

Gavin McInnes suggests that gays didn't kill marriage, divorce did. It's not a new argument, but he makes it well.
They won me over, too, and it was because of wimps such as Glenn and Bill and Rush. My peers are the children of divorce and I’ve seen it permanently scar almost all of them. Both Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly have been divorced. Rush Limbaugh has done it three times. You can’t be sanctimonious about marriage when you’re on your fourth. You can’t keep quitting your job while lecturing us about how important jobs are.

A few generations ago, there was no concept of “self.” You went to work and busted your ass so your kids (the baby boomers) could have the education you never had.


james said...

He's right in one sense. I've been saying for the past couple of years that opposition to "SSM" is a rear guard action after a catastrophic loss. But I judge that giving up loses us more of what little is left. I'm not "won over."

bs king said...

When marriage stopped being a social contract and started being a way of publicly declaring love, things change.

During the Chick-fil-a debacle last year, I noted that the CEO had taken a shot both at gay marriage and at divorce, but no one even reacted to his criticism of divorce. That's telling.

What's sad is that this isn't effecting the educated mid to upper class. An educated woman in my demographic/region has a 25% divorce rate. It's effecting the lower class/less educated folks, giving yet another disadvantage.

Texan99 said...

The Pill. We didn't realize how much it would change.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

No-fault divorce, which came but a little later, has also been mentioned as an undermining factor.

bs king said...

Paternity testing. No one ever brings it up, but it must have factored in.

When else in history could an unmarried woman know that she could prove who the father of her child was and legally compel him to help her support the child?

SJ said...

@bs king,

laws forcing child support for children of unmarried women are fairly old. Examples can be found in America all the way back to Colonial times.

However, the methods of identifying the father of the child depended on testimony of the mother, and other evidence.

You're right, proving paternity is much easier in in this generation. But forcing a man to own up to supporting his children is an old concept.

bs king said...

@SJ - Yes, I know it's not a new clarify I meant that the concept of a woman being able to get it with nothing more than her own word and a mouth swab.