“Today is like 1970 for marriage. If you knew in 1970 that Roe v. Wade was coming, how would you have acted?” – Bishop Kurtz at today’s presentation on defense of marriage at the USCCB Fall Assembly. [Source]
Really though 1970 was the Roe v. Wade for marriage. Jan 1, 1970 saw California’s Family Law Act which gave us no-fault divorce. Ronald Reagan later said it was one of the worst decisions he made in office. Certainly that and decriminalization of abortion in California. No-fault divorce has been so destructive of marriage it is hard to even calculate the damage done by it and in many ways set up the view of marriage today that has led to the redefinition of marriage and same-sex marriage. The assault on the family is nothing new, but the culture took a steamroller to it in the seventies and has been trying to destroy it ever since.