Marriage is a sacred bond between man and woman that starts when you’re about 19 and ends with death. Its purpose is procreation. It can never be redefined.
Never mind that the people who genuinely believe all that strict nonsense get divorced at much higher rates than those of us who aren’t as preoccupied with other people’s marriages.
Wait, that sounds a little hypocritical, doesn’t it? For a group of people that expounds on the sanctity of marriage as ordained by a very dogmatic God when it comes to two people of the same sex marrying each other, they sure don’t seem to have a problem with throwing out their own marriages just because they are no longer happy with the person they imagined was their soulmate at 17 years of age.
According to the American Journal of Sociology, even when accounting for different socioeconomic levels, religious counties in the United States experience higher rates of divorce than less religious counties.
It makes sense. You marry young because sex outside of marriage is a sin and being horny is a natural thing. Then you have kids before you’re ready because you’re already married. Kids are stressful because you haven’t even learned how to take care of yourself yet, so you find yourself in a situation where you’re tethered to someone you thought was cute in 10th grade English and beyond that you have nothing in common.
This culture extends even to non-religious people living in religious counties. Looks like sexually shaming people into young marriages is more powerful stuff than eternal salvation.
Hey, here’s an idea! Maybe we should all mind our own business and stop worrying about other people’s marriages. Everyone deserves to be happy in their marriage, even if that means marrying the same sex or getting a divorce. Think of the children. Set an example. Do it for them.
Featured image via contemporaryfamilies.org