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California blues

According to what is perhaps only a half-serious website called “Californiality”, there are statistics somewhere showing that 75% of all marriages in California end in divorce:

The California divorce rate is now at a staggering 75 percent. Three out of four marriages in the Golden State end in divorce.

For many years, California has been known as the Divorce Capitol of the World, but today’s marriage dropout rate is shocking — even by California standards …

Divorces are skyrocketing in California among Christian, Jewish and Muslim couples. Senior citizens are divorcing after decades of marriage. Couples who have built successful businesses together are throwing in the towel.

A marital State of Emergency needs to be declared. Divorce is California’s most destructive epidemic.

Upon a brief Google search, I found the 75% stat for California on a few other sites but no references to an original source. The U.S. Census Bureau compiles a report on divorce by state, but recent California numbers are omitted due to a lack of reliable data.  In any case, I find 75% to be entirely plausible. Even in the most conservative parts of the state divorce is utterly commonplace, a source of bumper-sticker humor rather than sorrow or regret. And there is no remaining legal protection for marriage here: married couples are on their own.

In other depressing California news, a slate of tyrannical new laws forcing just about everyone to make accommodations for perversion will take effect on January 1. These include:

California Gay Bullying Law (Seth’s Law)

Combats bullying of gay and lesbian students in public schools by requiring school districts to have a uniform process for dealing with gay bullying complaints. Mandates that school personnel intervene if they witness gay bullying.  Law effective July 1, 2012.

LGBT Equality and Equal Access in Higher Education Law

State universities and colleges must create and enforce campus policies protecting LGBTs from harassment and appoint employee contact persons to address on-campus LGBT matters. The law includes community colleges statewide.  Law effective 2012.

Domestic Partnership Equality Law

Corrects inequalities between domestic partnerships and heterosexual marriages, including domestic partner health benefits sharing.  Law effective 2012.

Protection of Parent-Child Relationships Law

Allows courts to consider the relationship between a child and a non-biological parent when considering child rights cases involving birth parents, adoptive parents, and gay or lesbian guardians.  Law effective 2012.

Transgender Non-Discrimination Law

Provides public accommodation and protection in education, housing and employment for gender identity and expression.  Law effective 2012.

Transgender Vital Statistics Law

Makes it easier for transgender Californians to get a court petition to change their gender on official documents.  Law effective 2012.

LGBT Equal Benefits Law

Requires an employer with a state contract worth more than $100,000 to have non-discrimination policies in place for LGBT workers and their partners.  Law effective 2012.

Judicial Applicant and Appointment Demographics Inclusion Law

Includes gender identity and sexual orientation of potential judges into the state’s Judicial Applicant Data Report to ensure that state courts are diverse.  Law effective 2012.

Gay Divorce Law

Provides that if a gay couple got married in California but lives in a state that won’t grant them a divorce, the California court will have jurisdiction to grant them a legal divorce. The case will be filed in the county where the gay couple got married.  Law effective January 1, 2012.

California Gay History Law

Governor Jerry Brown signed the Gay History Law, which mandates that school textbooks and social studies include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender accomplishments.  Law effective January 1, 2012.

Takes your breath away, doesn’t it?

There is a real crisis brewing here. We may be outnumbered, but California is home to literally millions of people who will find compliance with these laws extremely burdensome, if not morally unconscionable. Some of us may be able to escape the worst of it in our little enclaves here and there, but what kind of a home will this be for our children and grandchildren? Increasingly I wonder just how long we’re going to hold out …

December 21, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

4 Comments »

  1. “Takes your breath away, doesn’t it?”

    Yep. I hope it’s not true that whatever happens first in California eventually spreads everywhere.

    That gay history law is the beginning of the indoctrination of children by the state. I wonder if any significant number of Californians are willing to yank their kids from the public schools. (The law applies only to public schools, right?)

    Comment by William Luse | December 23, 2011 | Reply

  2. Yes, the law applies only to K-12 public schools. So far. I’m reading about some resistance among teachers here and there, and even bewilderment among administrators who are “tolerant” on homosexual issues but who think this mandate is burdensome. New textbooks are at least 5 years out so the schools have to scramble to put together supplemental materials. I’m worried about how good Christian teachers in the public school system – and there are many – are going to handle this one.

    As for parents yanking their kids from public schools, there is http://rescueyourchild.com .

    Comment by Blogmaster | December 23, 2011 | Reply

  3. Even in Michigan, where there aren’t such laws, I would never have a child of mine in a public school, for indoctrination reasons among many, many others. I have a friend whose husband (both are Christians) is insistent that their children remain in the public schools. She sees the problems with this–one of their children in particular is suffering greatly from the peer atmosphere and has told his mother that it is “like hell” and “wicked”–but she is unable to convince her husband to agree to home schooling. Private Christian schooling is unaffordable. Really praying for them.

    Comment by Lydia | December 26, 2011 | Reply

  4. Lydia, I agree with you for the most part, though it must be said that the quality of public schools can vary widely in California. But yes, “like hell” and “wicked” describe the majority and have for a long time. Sad for the child in your friend’s situation.

    Comment by Blogmaster | December 27, 2011 | Reply


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