Separation and divorce are supposed to be bad. Marriage is a sacrament to many, a promise and a moral commitment to God and each other....This is published in the WaPo's wretched "On Faith" section.
Not only should we respect their decision, but in some ways we should rejoice in it.....That's seems to be it all right. I rejoice in your careful writing on this matter of deep and possibly sacred import.
They were together for 40 years, raised four kids, shared a lot of pain and a lot of joy, they have had an extraordinarily exciting life together and they should be proud of that. But people change, even those who are deeply committed to each other.....
People change and grow in different directions. That's seems to be what happened to the Gores....
There are those who will argue that marriage is a commitment that should be honored no matter what. That separating or divorcing because you are not totally fulfilled is egotistical or selfish. But what are you committing to when you get married? An institution? A spoken obligation?But look, Sally, here's something new to massage into the squishy goo of your analysis:
Or are you committing yourself to a full partnership where each person is equal, mutually respectful and in love?
If that is the case, then Al and Tipper Gore made the right decision 40 years ago. And they made the right decision now.
The eldest daughter of Al and Tipper Gore, Karenna, has been separated from her husband, Andrew Schiff, for a couple months....Rejoice? Great gift? Dignity and grace? Pride in the past shared life?
Karenna is 36. Andrew is 44. They married in 1997 and have three young children.