Not enough is being made of this story:
Thousands of couples joined Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and first lady Janet Huckabee in renewing their wedding vows at a Valentine’s Day ceremony supporting the state’s voluntary covenant-marriage law that makes divorce harder to obtain.
“There is a crisis in America,” the Republican governor told a crowd of 6,400 at an arena Monday night. “That crisis is divorce. It is easier to get out of a marriage than (to get out of a) contract to buy a used car.”
Before the Huckabees renewed their wedding vows, they signed legal papers converting their 30-year marriage to a covenant marriage. Organizers of the event did not ask other couples to convert their marriages.
Under the 2001 Arkansas law, couples getting a covenant marriage agree to seek counseling before they wed and before they seek a divorce. A covenant marriage also requires a two-year wait before a divorce becomes final, except in cases of adultery, abuse or imprisonment for a felony.
I must say I find it utterly repugnant for a political figure to make a big public show of upgrading his marriage to a “covenant marriage.” I don’t particularly approve of the trend of private celebrations that involve some married couple renewing their wedding vows. (What are you saying about vows if you have to renew a vow?) But for a state governor to participate in a spectacle like this, thrusting his private life into a gigantic rally, is just appalling.
I agree, but before I discuss this absurd covenant marriage bit, let’s review another related issue:
Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele and former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts have issued a statement calling for Howard Dean to apologize over remarks he made while addressing the Democratic Black Caucus last Friday.
First, the offending statement: