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Source 1 Title and Citation: Plunkett, Robert L. "Divorce Laws Should Be Reformed." Current Controversies: Marriage and Divorce. Ed. Tamara L. Roleff and Mary E. Williams. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1997.Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. Apollo Library-University of Phoenix. 15 Mar. 2010
Identify the principal issue presented by the source. In 1969, when California Governor Ronald Reagan signed the nation's first no-fault divorce law, he and the legislature talked as if they were merely reforming the existing system by establishing a single humane standard for the dissolution of marriage.
Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The author has no basis in reality. Under current law the bride and groom are in fact promising to be husband and wife only until one of them doesn't want to any more. The lifetime commitment which defined marriage is gone. These commentaries tend to fall into two opposite camps: those which advocate or celebrate the redefinition of matrimony and those which deplore its decline.
Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this. There were no area of vague or ambiguous to identify in the article of ‘’Divorce Laws Should Be Reformed.’’ The paragraphs were supportable example of evidence to the claim, completely describing the topic subject.
Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning. The source is credible, researched the Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Gale. Apollo Library- University of Phoenix. 15 Mar. 2010 Database.
Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The author persuades Loaded questions rest on unwarranted assumptions. Proof surrogates suggest there is evidence or authority for a claim...