Mass. has nation’s lowest divorce rate

Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, has the nation’s lowest divorce rate — and it’s continuing to fall.

The rate in 2007 was 2.3 per 1,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s Division of Vital Statistics. Preliminary data for 2008 show the rate has dropped further, to 2.0.

“Despite all the dire warnings (about gay marriage), the sky did not fall down,” noted lesbian MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “In fact, Massachusetts divorce rates are now down to pre-World-War-II levels: 1940.”

“So, awkwardly, it turns out gay marriage is a defense of marriage act,”
Maddow said.

By Rex Wockner


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