Did gay marriages destroy straight marriages?

Not unless Tony Perkins has a secret hankering for some farm-boy in Iowa.

Credit: Daily Dish

As the Dish explains, after initial bursts of weddings following the legalization of same-sex marriage, the marriage rates in each state trend back to where they were before.  Thus, no drop in marriages.

Of course, that won’t stop liars like the Family Research Council from claiming that marriages have been steadily dropping in places like Massachusetts after same-sex marriage was made legal.  What they won’t tell you is that the numbers are dropping because they surged as throngs of gay couples raced to get married, and now the numbers are dropping BACK TO THEIR NORMAL LEVEL.

In fact, the divorce rate has dropped in Massachusetts following the legalization of same-sex marriage.

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