Saturday, July 16, 2005

Gay Marriage Critics Are Misguided, by Gene C. Gerard - Democratic Underground

Just to clarify matters: High divorce rates correlate more strongly to lack of education than Gay marriage!

Gay Marriage Critics Are Misguided, by Gene C. Gerard - Democratic Underground: "

However, contrary to the arguments put forward by Mr. Dobson and others, the divorce rate is not increasing due to the demand by gays and lesbians for marital rights. The culprit appears to be far less sinister, and much more pervasive. According to Steven P. Martin, Ph.D., a professor of sociology at The University of Maryland-College Park, who just released a monumental study of divorce in America over the last 30 years, the divorce rate is directly correlated to a lack of education, especially among women.

Dr. Martin’s study demonstrates that from 1970 to the 1990s, divorce rates declined by approximately one-half among recipients of a bachelor’s degree. By contrast, divorce rates were high and remained essentially constant among women without a bachelor’s degree
. For some time now, social scientists have known that less educated people tend to have higher rates of divorce than the national average. Dr. Martin’s analysis demonstrates just how accurately education is correlated to the success and stability of marriage.".............

Given the results of this study, those who are concerned about the institution of marriage should be criticizing the Bush administration for cuts in education, rather than gay marriage advocates. In February, the Bush administration announced severe cuts in federal funding for Pell Grants. Since 1973, Pell Grants have been the principal form of federal funding for low-income college students. The grants are only available to those demonstrating financial need. The average recipient of a grant comes from a family whose parents have a combined annual income of less than $35,000.

The Bush administration will eliminate Pell Grants for approximately 90,000 low-income students, affectively preventing them from completing their education. Another 1.3 million students will suffer a reduction in the amount of their grants. The Department of Education predicted a savings of $300 million as a result of the reductions. The cuts will be devastating in 2008, which is predicted to be the largest high school graduating class in American history. .............

I don't know why this should shock anyone. The idea that allowing gays to marry will harm other married people is completely irrational anyway!

There is another correlation the study ignored. For instance, isn't it rather likely that women without bachelors degrees are more likely to be poor than women who have them? Let's face it, the working class make much less money than they did in the 60s when a high percentage had union jobs, and the minimum wage was much higher than it is presently.

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