Monday, November 07, 2011

The Outlaw Divorce Movement

My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack. ~ Ferdinand Foch, WWI
The religious right is losing the fight on gay marriage so they have decided to expand the fight and outlaw divorce. What began as satire in California is being taken up seriously by Republicans. Christians for a Moral America and this Oklahoma Republican have opined that the best way to end the gay marriage plague is to make it impossible for heterosexual unions to break up.

Other than some subtle attack against Newt Gingrich and Kim Kardashian, I'm not sure what they hope to accomplish. It is true that some Catholics have declared divorce the equal of murder, meaning seven to life for attempted disunion is appropriate punishment. Certainly the prison industry needs a constant inflow of new criminals and with traditional crimes on the decline new crimes need to be invented.

Think of imprisoning divorcing parents "for the good of the children" as a jobs program. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Under the assumption that marriage is nothing more than a contract between two consenting parties, it would seem that, at the very least, parties could also agree to terminate the marriage contract. Likewise, parties could terminate the contract unilaterally by breaching it and pay damages. If the right wants to interfere with these contracts, what other contracts do they also want to interfere with?