Karl Rove and the sanctity of marriage

Of course it is nothing new to note that so many of the supporters of “traditional marriage” seem to be so bad at “traditional marriage.”  It is just especially rich when it is Karl Rove now on his 2nd divorce.  Glenn Greenwald makes the excellent point that Texas’ no-fault divorce law is just as inimical to “traditional” conceptions of marriage as is same-sex marriage:

Rove obtained his divorce under Texas' "no-fault" divorce law, one of the most permissive in the nation.  That law basically allows any married couple to simply end their marriage because they feel like it.  Texas, needless to say, is one of the states which has constitutionally barred same-sex marriages, and has a Governor who explicitly cites Christian dogma as the reason to support that provision, yet the overwhelming majority of Texan citizens make sure that there's nothing in the law making their own marriages binding or permanent — i.e., traditional.  They're willing to limit other people's marriage choices on moral grounds, but not their own, and thus have a law that lets them divorce whenever the mood strikes.  That's the very permissive, untraditional and un-Christian law that Rove just exploited in order to obtain his divorce.

There's debate and dispute among various Christian theologians and sects over whether divorce and re-marriage are permissible and, if so, under what circumstances.  But what is clear is that the attribute of permanence is every bit as much of a part of "traditional marriage" as the need for a man and a women — hence, the vow before God of "till death do us part" and "that which God has brought together, let no man put asunder."  The concept of "no-fault" divorce is certainly repugnant to most Christian and traditional understandings of marriage.  

It’s a pretty solid argument I had not thought about before.  And, as for Karl Rove’s moral hypocrisy, that has long spoken for itself.  

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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