Karl Rove, that fierce defender of “traditional marriage” and fanatical conservative activist against same-sex marriage, and his second wife, have divorced.
Glenn Greenwald — who, as Andrew Sullivan points out, has been “forced into exile because his own partner cannot reside in the US” — is lacerating:
Karl Rove is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, citing “5,000 years of understanding the institution of marriage” as his justification. He also famously engineered multiple referenda to incorporate a ban on same-sex marriage into various states’ constitutions in 2004 in order to ensure that so-called “”Christian conservatives” and “value voters” who believe in “traditional marriage laws” would turn out and help re-elect George W. Bush. Yet, like so many of his like-minded pious comrades, Rove seems far better at preaching the virtues of “traditional marriage” to others and exploiting them for political gain than he does adhering to those principles in his own life[.]
Rove obtained his divorce under Texas’ “no-fault” divorce law, one of the most permissive in the nation. That law basically allows any married couple to simply end their marriage because they feel like it. Texas, needless to say, is one of the states which has constitutionally barred same-sex marriages, and has a Governor who explicitly cites Christian dogma as the reason to support that provision, yet the overwhelming majority of Texan citizens make sure that there’s nothing in the law making their own marriages binding or permanent — i.e., traditional. They’re willing to limit other people’s marriage choices on moral grounds, but not their own, and thus have a law that lets them divorce whenever the mood strikes. That’s the very permissive, untraditional and un-Christian law that Rove just exploited in order to obtain his divorce.
Dana Perino, who is now the “family spokesperson” for the very traditional Rovian family, “requests that [Rove’s] privacy be respected.” This, of course, is the same Rove who has used his own brand of raw, brass-knuckled political power to disrespect and invade the privacy of gay and lesbian couples.
Remember that old witticism that goes, “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament”? Glenn gives it a new twist:
I’ve long thought that the solution to the cheap, cost-free moralizing that leads very upstanding people like Karl Rove to want to ban same-sex marriages (which they don’t want to enter into themselves, and thus cost them nothing) is to have those same “principles” apply consistently to all marriage laws. If Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and their friends and followers actually were required by law to stay married to their wives — the way that “traditional marriage” was generally supposed to work — the movement to have our secular laws conform to “traditional marriage” principles would almost certainly die a quick, quiet and well-deserved death.