The president does like the word sanctity though. It puts him in touch with his moral certitude and further ingratiates him with those who believe that he is ordained by God to lead us through the minefields of global terrorism --and that other hot potato he loves to mash and trash, same-sex marriage.
Yet, according to David Popenoe, co-author of an annual report, The State of Our Unions, by the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University, "Nearly 50 percent of all marriages are projected to end in divorce or permanent separation. "
Seems the "human institution " which Bush assigns superlatives isn 't really the most enduring at all.
In fact, Popenoe informs us that the "United States has the weakest families in the Western world because we have the highest divorce rate. " And co-author of the report, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, explains that there 's more acceptance "of alternatives to marriage such as unwed parenthood and cohabitation. " This revelation won 't go down well with those in the president 's circle of friends.
If the president really doesn 't want to cut off marriage from its "cultural, religious, and natural roots (what does he mean by natural roots?), he 'd better make certain that divorce is not an option.