12 September, 2009

DOMA Repeal in the Works

It's about bloody time:
Next week, Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler (NY), Tammy Baldwin (WI), and Jared Polis (CO) will be introducinglegislation to repeal the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which “defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws.”
Prepare for the frothing fundies' and the right-wing hysterics' impending rabid fits. Just because they're currently busy Teabagging on health care reform doesn't mean they'll ignore the awful news that teh gays are destroying traditional marriage. Just like they did in Massachusetts:

As my friend Bruce Wilson notes at the Huffington Post, after six years of gay marriage in Massachusetts the divorce rate has actually gone down - and it was already the best in the nation.

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.
Something tells me they'll ignore the above and spout bullshit anyway. Have fun rubbing their noses in the above data anyway.

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