Karl Rove has been a constant figure in the anti-gay marriage scene, using gay marriage as a political tool to benefit the Republicans by invigorating the religious and social conservative base, but apparently, the sanctity of marriage in the Rove household is no more. Rove has continually campaigned against gay marriage, claiming any court decision in favor of extending marital rights to homosexual couples are invalid because they are made by "activist judges". Karl Rove stated the following back in 2004:
Well, marriage is a very important part of our culture and our society. If we want to have a hopeful and decent society, we ought to aim for the ideal. And the ideal is that marriage ought to be and should be a union of a man and a woman. And we cannot allow activist judges to overturn that. We cannot allow activist local elected officials to thumb their nose at 5,000 years of human history and determine that marriage is something else.Homosexual couples apparently do not fall into his vision of a decent society, and being a hypocrite himself, Rove has decided to get divorced, which is essentially the same as one "thumb[ing] [ones] nose at 5,000 years of human history." To add to Rove's hypocrisy, it has became clear that Rove's own stepfather, Louis Rove, who raised the young Karl as his own, came out as homosexual later in his life. Salon's Glenn Greenwald tweeted the following: "This is Rove's second 'traditional marriage' to end without death doing them part -- his next one will be his third traditional marriage." Greenwald had gone on to write about Rove in his blog posting:
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....What does the Conservative media have to say about Rove's divorce? While on Fox News, Karl Rove spent 11 minutes discussing things other then his marriage and the conservative slanted Politico had only pleasant things to say about the couple, reiterating the Rove's spokesperson statement and comments from family friends that say it is a shame but that Karl and Darby will remain on good terms, with zero mention of his stance on gay marriage, or the simple fact that it was his second marriage to fail. There also seemed to be an unrelated plug for his upcoming memoir, "Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight," which must be a reference to his fight with conservativeideals such as traditional marriage and his failure to meet those conditions.
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.