April 13, 2014 11:11 pm -

It’s not enough I suppose to try and make marriages work better (a noble goal actually).  Several states governed by Republicans have decided to make it harder to get a divorce.

In cooperation with the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, socially conservative politicians have been quietly trying to make it harder for couples to get divorced. In recent years, lawmakers in more than a dozen states have introduced bills imposing longer waiting periods before a divorce is granted, mandating counseling courses or limiting the reasons a couple can formally split. States such as Arizona, Louisiana and Utah have already passed such laws, while others such as Oklahoma and Alabama are moving to do so.

The liberalization of divorce laws has resulted in reductions in domestic violence and is an important component of gender equality.  That doesn’t seem to matter much to the supporters of these laws.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.