Surprise, Surprise: Census Finds More Divorce in "Family Values" Red States
In red-state America, in many states where politicians claim that their constituents are the most family values oriented "real Americans" who are afraid of the sanctity of marriage being trampled by the gays, the divorce rates are actually higher.
Nothing new here, but the latest batch of census data reveals how stark the difference is:
Maine, Alaska, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Nevada, ranked at the top for divorces, while Utah, Wyoming and Arkansas — which had the highest marriage rates — were also higher than average in marital breakups. New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York ranked among the lowest in divorces.
The Census Bureau report attributed the lower rates of divorce in the Northeast in part to delayed marriage in those places, which decreased the likelihood of marital discord down the road.
"Surprisingly, the South and West, which we think of as more socially conservative, have higher rates of divorce than does the supposedly liberal East," said Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University. "The reason is that young adults in the South and West tend to have less education and marry earlier, both of which lead to a higher risk of divorce."
As Anna North at Jezebel noted, the low divorce rates happen to be in states that have gay marriage and civil unions, so that old myth about destroying traditional marriage is completely, well, destroyed, by cold hard facts.