Marriage rates are on the decline and gay couples are to blame, according to one pastor.
Dr. Robert Jeffress, the leader of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, claims LGBTQ couples “cheapen” marriage.
After all, according to Jeffress why would anyone want to get married when everyone can?
Read on for the full baffling story.
Gay Couples Accused of “Cheapening” Marriage, Causing Rates to Fall
Last week, a report from the National Center for Health Statistics shown that the marriage rates are incredibly low.
According to their numbers, there are only 6.5 marriages for 1000 people, the lowest rate in 120 years.
As the Washington Post explains, that’s about a 6% decline from just three years ago, when 7 couples per 1,000 wed.
Of course, someone needs to take the blame for everything that’s happening.
In this case, according to the conservative Christians, gay couples are the problem.
According to their theory, everything started back in 2015, with the Obergefell decision, when same-sex marriages were legalized. Jeffress stated.
Whenever you counterfeit something, you cheapen the value of the real thing. And if you expand marriage to, basically, any definition you want — two men, two women, three men, and a woman — I mean, if marriage is what you want it to be, why bother to get married at all?
Jeffress is pretty well-known for his anti-LGBTQ opinions, calling gay marriage an “abomination” during a 2017 radio interview with Christian host Dr. Brown.
In fact, he appears to have strong opinions against anyone who doesn’t believe in his idea of Christianity, going so far as calling the Catholic church a “cult-like pagan religion.”
According to the pastor, gay couples shouldn’t be allowed to get married (and that’s not necessarily new), because the “real” marriages wouldn’t have any value.
In 2015, in Australia, a couple threatened to divorce if gay marriage would be legalized.
They were married for 10 years back then, and they are still married, even though same-sex marriages were legalized.
What’s The Actual Problem?
The truth is, the situation is not great for anyone.
Everything is getting more and more expensive, paying off a student debt is hard and so is finding a stable job.
Also, while getting married is fairly inexpensive if you elope, getting divorced remains incredibly pricey.
All this being said, it’s normal that people won’t rush to get married. And besides that, most people don’t really find it necessary.
As long as you can live together with the person you love, marriage becomes a formality.
So if religion is not pressuring people to get married (although it still happens more than it should), some feel there’s really no reason to formally document their relationship.
With the coronavirus pandemic causing even more financial and emotional strain, we may see a greater decline in marriage rates over the next few years.
Many logical reasons exist for the decline in marriage rates. Granting gay couples the fundamental right to marry is not one of them.
In fact, one could argue that without more and more LGBTQ couples tying the knot, the decline in marriage rates would be even sharper.