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I’m in for it, what about all those hypocrite fundamentalists? Governor Gives Push to Covenant Marriage. (AP). If the red states want to protect the sanctity of marriage, then make it very hard to divorce.

Gov. Mike Huckabee and his wife plan to convert their nuptial vows into a covenant marriage during a mass ceremony on Valentine’s Day, giving a public push to the movement that seeks to strengthen marital ties and make it harder to get divorced.

The governor, a former Baptist minister, said Monday he hopes more than 1,000 other couples will join him for the conversion ceremony at a North Little Rock arena. Arkansas has one of the highest divorce rates in the country.

Arkansas’ marriage rate is nearly double the national average – 15.1 per 1,000 population compared to the national rate of 8.3, but the state’s divorce rate is among the highest in the nation at 6.5 per 1,000 population, according to the governor’s office. The national average is 4.2.

Huckabee said too few couples have taken advantage of the covenant marriage option since he signed a 2001 law creating it. About 600 such unions were created in three years out of about 40,000 marriages that occur annually in the state.

Some opponents say marriage is a religious matter and not one for the government to regulate. Supporters argue it is a way to help slow the divorce trend that they say hurts children.

Let’s take a look at the divorce rates of some Red and Blue states, just for emphasis (this is

Derek Baker’s work, taken from Bush’s Commerce figures:

Red States Divorce rate

State # divorces per 1,000

Utah 4.7

Wyoming 6.5

Idaho 6

Nebraska 3.8

Oklahoma 5.9

North Dakota 3.2

Alabama 5.8

Kansas 4.1

Alaska 4.9

Texas 5

Average 5

Compare to the Blue States, with the lowest rates.

State # divorces

Massachusetts 2.5

Rhode Island 3.6

Vermont 4.4

New York 3.1

Maryland 3.1

Connecticut 3

California 4.3

Illinois 3.4

Maine 4.2

Hawaii 4.3

Average 3.6

Apparently the ones running to divorce court are some of the most eager to “protect” marriage from gays.

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