A graph printed in the NY times arranges the states according to their divorce rate, teenage birthrate, and (perhaps most telling of all) their subscriptions to online porn sites. So, which states would you think would lead in these “sin” statistics? Red States, the home of family values, moral rectitude, and social conservatives? Or Blue States, the home of moral turpitude and liberal attitudes toward abortion and gay marriage?
Note that the states are colored by whether they voted for Obama or McCain in the last election, which means that there are more blue states than red states. But even so, the top 11 states for each statistic are all red — except for two states. Interestingly, South Carolina, whose governor was just caught cheating on his wife, has a fairly low divorce rate. Perhaps his marriage will survive his indiscretion?
I also find it interesting that the three states where same-sex marriages are legal and are currently being performed — Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa — have very low divorce rates.