Via Pam. The Family Foundation of Virginia — you know what they stand for, since the word “family” is in their name, which is a euphemism for “exclusionistic, hatemongering right-wing fantatics” — are seeking to put an end to no-fault divorce, making it much, much harder for marriages to be terminated by either party.
What the FFV don’t understand* is that no-fault divorce was set up as an answer to the disadvantage that women often faced in seeking divorces where the man contested them. Divorce “for grounds” must establish abuse, infidelilty or failure to consummate — all of which are difficult, at best, to prove, and often expensive besides. (And, really, do we want to wait until the wife shows up with a broken arm to grant the divorce? Do we, really?)
No-fault divorce, on the other hand, is another mechanism by which either party — or both parties — can simply concede failure. This simply is not working, and it’s better to split up than be trapped for life in a loveless, passionless, pointless marriage. That no one has to go to lengths to attempt to humiliate or defame anyone only makes the process less acrimonious, at least on average. That can hardly be a bad thing — and it would certainly be less traumatic for the kids, if there are any involved.
You’d think a group that was ostensibly concerned about the family would see the wisdom in this. Which is why, of course, it’s not surprising that the FFV is against it.
But I’m for this. It exposes the hypocrisy of homophobes everywhere who want to “protect” marriage, but who aren’t really out to secure marrige; they just want to restrict the freedoms of those of whom they disapprove personally. A couple years back I designed a shirt that basically says it all. You’d be amazed how many right-wing idiots agree with it until they read the actual message.
Hey, if they really want to protect marriage … then they need to make divorce illegal. All divorce, in all cases, for any reason whatsoever.
Let’s see that “protection of marriage” amendment pass.
FFV is beginning to show its true nature. They were never about “protecting” the “sanctity” of marriage from gays or lesbians; they were about ramming their psychotic religious shitheadery down the throats of their fellow men and women. They don’t give a damn about anyone but themselves, and they are a worthless stain upon our species. The best thing Virginia can do is round these sacks of crap up and launch them all right into the sun.
* Or maybe they do.
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