Saturday, April 27, 2013

What happened to marriage in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island is currently pushing through a bill to redefine marriage, but what is important are other elements that are not discussed that lead the state to such a decision.

Over 70% of children living in poverty in Rhode Island are from single parent homes, a significant factor in poverty is whether or not a child lives with both parents in Rhode Island. But in the Public Policy briefing from Providence Business News: ECONOMIC INDICATORS R.I.'s child population declines, poverty rises,

“Rhode Island is one of the states leading the nation when it comes to building a strong system of support for its young children,” Lombardi said. “From improving quality to investing in evidence-based home visiting, and from assuring health insurance to expanding services for at-risk families, Rhode Island stands as a national model for policies and initiatives that protect children and help ensure their future success,” she said.
The state doesn't mention any form of promoting full parental engagement, but rather more governmental programs as in 'home visiting'. Never mind marriage, there is no talk of non-residential fathers as a need to build 'a strong system of support for its young children'.

There has been a change in demographics.

If not for a high number of births in Providence County plus international migration there, Rhode Island's population would have declined by more than 13,000 since the 2010 national census, according to numbers scheduled to be released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. As it was, the state has lost about 2,300 people in that time.

From the Providence Journal from March 2013

Last year the Providence Journal also highlighted the problem of demographics, "Census numbers show income is leaving Rhode Island faster than people are"
Rhode Island is not only losing population -- as U.S. Census Bureau numbers revealed Thursday -- it is also losing income as people moving in make less than those leaving, a deeper look at Census numbers shows.
The state is losing individuals, who are likely to be a part of the middle class, who are more stable and would need less state intervention in their lives, in which the divide between rich and poor has a larger gap. One group (the rich) control government, another group (the poor) is completely controlled by government.

Over at Legal Insurrection, Professor Jacobson highlights the problem of his homes state, with an article from Fox Providence.

"Rhode Island has just over 1 million residents. Economists argue the driving force behind Rhode Island's population loss is a weak economy, with too few jobs for residents, though a lack of affordable housing and the level of taxation may also play a role."
Decent employment and homes people can afford (not 'affordable public subsidized housing') are needed factors for marriage, if they don't exist people don't get married in general and they don't have children. With fewer and fewer children raised in stable homes, whether because they live in poverty or the because they don't exist, there will no middle class and civil society. The rich exist with fewer of 'us'.

Rhode Island known for its corruption, has been open about the bargaining of marriage with the state representatives. From the Catholic Diocese in Providence, "Rep: Colleague trying to bargain on gay marriage issue"

A Republican state representative is accusing a Democratic colleague of trying to use the issue of same-sex marriage as a bargaining chip in the push to tighten the state’s laws regarding the reduction of prison sentences through good behavior for those convicted of violent crimes.
Costa said that when Tanzi approached her, she was holding a folder with the paperwork for her to sign that would make her a cosponsor of a bill.“She smiled and said, ‘I hate to do this, but I have to horse trade. You can sign here if you vote gay marriage out of committee’.”Costa said she was astounded at what she was hearing. She said she responded, “Are you kidding me?” With that, Tanzi simply walked away, she said.
So there you have it... for my crazy talk of the day.

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