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Defending Traditional Marriage

...just got tougher. Traditional marriage enthusiast Karl Rove has gotten a divorce from his second wife:
Spokeswoman Dana Perino said, "Karl Rove and his wife, Darby, were granted a divorce last week. The couple came to the decision mutually and amicably, and they maintain a close relationship and a strong friendship. There will be no further comment and the family requests that its privacy be respected."
Personally, I could care less. My guess is that, like his first wife, Mrs. Rove #2 got tired of his obsession with politics. I don't agree with Rove on much, but I definitely respect his right to clam-up about it.

Glenn Greenwald? Not so much:
[T]hose like Rove who have devoted endless efforts to barring gay citizens from marrying on the ground that our laws must enshrine Christian concepts of "traditional marriage" continuously take advantage of laws that enable them to end their own marriages on a whim, and even enter new marriages with their so-called "second, third and fourth wives," which only seems to intensify their "traditional marriage" preaching.

I've long thought that the solution to the cheap, cost-free moralizing that leads very upstanding people like Karl Rove to want to ban same-sex marriages (which they don't want to enter into themselves, and thus cost them nothing) is to have those same "principles" apply consistently to all marriage laws. If Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and their friends and followers actually were required by law to stay married to their wives -- the way that "traditional marriage" was generally supposed to work -- the movement to have our secular laws conform to "traditional marriage" principles would almost certainly die a quick, quiet and well-deserved death.
The catch-22 with Rove is that, by all accounts, he's not a gay-bashing homophobic Christianist who wants to ban gay-marriage because he believes it to be the downfall of humanity. Rather, Rove has simply used marriage equality (and homosexuality in general) as a wedge issue in the two largest campaigns in which he played a part (the 2000 and 2004 presidentials).

Karl Rove aside, I think that Greenwald makes a great point: if gay-marriage is a 'threat' to traditional marriage, then so is divorce. In fact, given the current divorce rates in this country, I would argue that divorce is a much larger threat to traditional marriage.