Do you agree with the idea of “covenant” Marriages by the state?
A covenant marriage is a legally distinct kind of marriage, in which the marrying couple agree to obtain pre-marital counseling and accept more limited grounds for divorce. Arizona and Louisiana both have this sort of marriage provision…and other states are considering putting them on the books.
I think that most couples should be encouraged (not legally required) to go through some sort of pre-marriage counseling. Study after study have proven that people who do pre-marriage counseling, whether religiously-based or not, have lower divorce rates than those who don’t. But I do not agree that people should be legally required to attend. And I think that people should be free to get out of a bad marriage quickly, especially if there is abuse (emotional or physical) or infidelity involved.
Considering the states with the highest percentage of regular church goers are also those with the highest divorce rates, and born-again Christians have higher divorce rates than any other religion, I don’t think things like covenant marriages will make any difference
“The highest divorce rates are in the Bible Belt: “Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and Oklahoma round out the Top Five in frequency of divorce…the divorce rates in these conservative states are roughly 50 percent above the national average” of 4.2/1000 people.”