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What are important cultural figures saying about no-fault divorce?

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Dr. Jordan Peterson

Clinical Psychologist

"If you move to a non-fault-based system then all that happens is that the fault shifts to who should get custody. So it doesn't remove the acrimony by any stretch of the imagination. It just shifts it to custody of the children."

 

"I don't think that anything that makes [divorce] easier is a very good idea. It might be good in the short term but it's not good in the long term. Unless you don't think that marriage is a useful institution. And if you think it's part of the patriarchal tyranny, then you might think that as well. But it's a very useful institution, mostly for kids." 

Fr. Josiah Trenham

Orthodox Christian Priest

"Perhaps the worst thing that could have happened to marriage happened in 1969... no-fault divorce. Nothing has been worse for marriage than that in our country." 

"It was Ronald Reagan, who didn't have his head screwed on straight about divorce. Big mistake."

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Dr. Stephen Baskerville

Professor of Political Science

"Unilateral (involuntary) no-fault divorce is the principle engine driving the expansion of the domestic state machinery."

 

(1) It constitutes a radical innovation in the legal system; it rationalizes and permits unprecedented state intrusion into the private sphere of life and the violation of basic Constitutional rights.

 

(2) It is the main incubator of social pathologies that rationalize increased government measures and government power in response.

 

(3) It is the main source and font of almost all other political and legal innovations in the Sexual Revolution. 

Matt Walsh

Conservative Political Commentator

"If we really want to protect the sanctity of marriage, we'd start by abolishing no-fault divorce." 

"I'm a huge advocate for marriage, but I agree with the men who say that the system has been rigged against them, which understandably makes them nervous about marriage. Easiest way to fix this is to get rid of no-fault divorce completely and alimony in most cases."

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Ben Shapiro

Conservative Commentator

"So, if you're talking about what exactly shifted, no-fault divorce in the United States is centrally the thing that shifted. And with that came family breakdown. With that came the rise of individualistic subjective autonomy - the belief that you're able to be disconnected from institutions; and this leads all the way down the chain."

Matthew Krause

Texas House Representative

"I think heterosexuals have done more to damage the institution and the foundation of the family in the last 40-50 years than same sex marriage ever will. And I think it all goes back to the advent of no-fault divorce in the 1970s."

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Katy Faust

Founder and director of the children's rights organization, Them Before Us

"The redefinition of marriage began with no-fault divorce. It didn't start with redefining marriage as a genderless institution. It started with no-fault divorce. That was the point at which we said, 'this is no longer an institution centered around the wellbeing of children. This is now a vehicle for adult fulfillment.' Now it has everything to do with whether or not the adults are happy. And if that's the definition of marriage, of course you can end it... Divorce is the beginning of multiple losses for children." 

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Economist, writer and a Catholic social conservative. She is the president and founder of the Ruth Institute

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Beverley Willett

Writer and Lawyer

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Michael Knowles

Conservative Commentator

"The boomers did this. I'm serious. No-fault divorce was not permitted anywhere in this country until 1969." 

"We see the weakening of marriage through no-fault divorce. This is a very bad turn of events. Do you think society has gotten much better since the social and sexual revolutions of the 1960s? Or has it gotten a little bit worse? Are we in a period of ascendancy or a period of decline?"

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Katy Faust

Founder and director of the children's rights organization, Them Before Us

"The redefinition of marriage began with no-fault divorce. It didn't start with redefining marriage as a genderless institution. It started with no-fault divorce. That was the point at which we said this is no longer an institution centered around the wellbeing of children. This is now a vehicle for adult fulfillment. now it has everything to do with whether or not the adults are happy. And if that's the definition of marriage, of course you can end it... Divorce is the beginning of multiple losses for children." 

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Economist, writer and a Catholic social conservative. She is the president and founder of the Ruth Institute

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