Monday, February 05, 2007

According to These Folks, I'm Not Married

Washblog has the text of a completely insane initiative proposed in my state:
Ballot Title
Statement of Subject: Initiative Measure No. 957 concerns eligibility for marriage.

Concise Description: This measure would limit marriage to those couples who are biologically capable of having children together, and would invalidate the marriages of couples who fail to procreate children within three years after marrying.

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would restrict marriage to a male and a female who are capable of having children together. Couples would be required to declare their ability to procreate children together in order to obtain marriage licenses. If a couple failed to procreate children within three years of marriage, their marriage would be subject to annulment. All other marriages would be defined as "unrecognized." Persons in unrecognized marriages would be ineligible to receive any marriage benefits.
In short, no kids, no marriage. Absurd? Yup. Go read the reasoning behind this. I'm not sure whether to be outraged or laugh my butt off. But discussion of the subject is what they want, so go... read and discuss.

A relative of mine told me that he always votes "NO" on citizen initiatives. I'm definitely coming around to seeing his point on the subject. Political theater like this just helps push me to the same conclusion he came to long ago.

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