According to Americans for Divorce Reform, the divorce rate for first marriages in America is currently 41 percent. That figure jumps to 60 percent for second marriages and 73 percent for third. Right now, Alabama lawmakers are debating a bill that would allow couples to enter into a covenant marriage, which requires them to undergo premarital counseling and additional counseling before they can divorce. In addition, they can't file for a "no fault" divorce. While I appreciate their concern for the institution of marriage, it's short-sighted to think this will fix the problem. The root cause of our high divorce rate lies in the attitudes people have about the institution, and you just can't control attitudes with legislation. When young people see celebrities going through multiple marriages and game shows where the grand prize is marrying a person you just met, marriage comes across as little more than something you do until the novelty wears off. Until we as a nation address these attitudes, our divorce rate will continue to climb. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?
If you'd like to respond to this editorial email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and the name of your town in your response.