Til death do us part? The vow would really hold true in California if a Sacramento Web designer gets his way.
In a movement that seems ripped from the pages of Comedy Channel writers, John Marcotte wants to put a measure on the ballot next year to ban divorce in California, reports AP.
The 2010 California Marriage Protection Act is meant to be a satirical statement after California voters outlawed gay marriage in 2008, largely on the argument that a ban is needed to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage.
If that’s the case, then Marcotte reasons voters should have no problem banning divorce.
“Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more,” the 38-year-old married father of two said.
Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more. Nationwide, about half of all marriages end in divorce.
Check out this report from KXTV (via CNN):
Marcotte said he has collected dozens of signatures, and the initiative’s Facebook fans have swelled to more than 11,000.
Marcotte is looking into whether he can gather signatures online, as proponents are doing for another proposed 2010 initiative to repeal the gay marriage ban. He needs to collect 694,354 valid signatures by March 22, a high hurdle in a state where the typical petition drive costs millions of dollars.
His campaign is funded primarily by the sale of $12 T-shirts featuring bride and groom stick figures chained at the wrists.
Full story from Associated Press, via NPR.