Rove: Champion of "Traditional" Divorce

Glenn Greenwald

Karl Rove is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, citing "5,000 years of understanding the institution of marriage" as his justification.  He also famously engineered multiple referenda
to incorporate a ban on same-sex marriage into various states'
constitutions in 2004 in order to ensure that so-called ""Christian
conservatives" and "value voters" who believe in "traditional marriage
laws" would turn out and help re-elect George W. Bush.  Yet,
like so many of his like-minded pious comrades, Rove seems far better
at preaching the virtues of "traditional marriage" to others and
exploiting them for political gain than he does adhering to those principles in his own life:

Karl Rove granted divorce in Texas

Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, has been
granted a divorce in Texas after 24 years of marriage, a family
spokesperson said. Dana Perino, the spokesperson, said: “Karl Rove and
his wife, Darby, were granted a divorce last week. The couple came to
the decision mutually and amicably, and they maintain a close
relationship and a strong friendship" . . . A family friend told
POLITICO: "After 24 years of marriage, many of which were spent under
incredible stress and strain during the White House years, the Roves
came to a mutual decision that they would end the marriage."

Rove obtained his divorce under Texas' "no-fault" divorce law,
one of the most permissive in the nation.  That law basically allows
any married couple to simply end their marriage because they feel like
it.  Texas, needless to say, is one of the states which has
constitutionally barred same-sex marriages, and has a Governor who explicitly cites Christian dogma
as the reason to support that provision, yet the overwhelming majority
of Texan citizens make sure that there's nothing in the law making
their own marriages binding or permanent -- i.e.,
traditional.  They're willing to limit other people's marriage choices
on moral grounds, but not their own, and thus have a law that lets them
divorce whenever the mood strikes.  That's the very permissive,
untraditional and un-Christian law that Rove just exploited in order to
obtain his divorce.

There's debate and dispute
among various Christian theologians and sects over whether divorce and
re-marriage are permissible and, if so, under what circumstances.  But
what is clear is that the attribute of permanence is
every bit as much of a part of "traditional marriage" as the need for a
man and a women -- hence, the vow before God of "till death do us
part" and "that which God has brought together, let no man put
asunder."  The concept of "no-fault" divorce is certainly repugnant to
most Christian and traditional understandings of marriage.  Yet those
like Rove who have devoted endless efforts to barring gay citizens from
marrying on the ground that our laws must enshrine Christian concepts
of "traditional marriage" continuously take advantage of laws that
enable them to end their own marriages on a whim, and even enter new
marriages with their so-called "second, third and fourth wives," which
only seems to intensify their "traditional marriage" preaching.

I've long thought
that the solution to the cheap, cost-free moralizing that leads very
upstanding people like Karl Rove to want to ban same-sex marriages
(which they don't want to enter into themselves, and thus cost them
nothing) is to have those same "principles" apply consistently to all
marriage laws.  If Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and their
friends and followers actually were required by law to stay married to
their wives -- the way that "traditional marriage" was generally
supposed to work -- the movement to have our secular laws conform to
"traditional marriage" principles would almost certainly die a quick,
quiet and well-deserved death.

UPDATE:  Actually, this is Rove's second divorce.  His first wife
was "Valerie Wainright, a wealthy Houston woman from the Bush social
circle, but the marriage could not withstand his consuming
preoccupation with politics."  They divorced after three years of marriage
So the one that was just terminated was Rove's second "traditional
marriage" to end without death doing them part.  His next traditional
marriage will be to his third wife.

Did I mention that
Rove believes it's vital that our secular laws enforce precepts of
"traditional marriages" and bar everything else?

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