Sanctify Thisby Brad Warbiany
In the “call their bluff” department, a California man is trying to protect the sanctity of marriage — by banning divorce:
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.
The effort 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.
And for a little 2nd round of “Quote of the Day”:
he led a “ban divorce” rally recently at the state Capitol in Sacramento to launch his effort and was pleasantly surprised at the turnout. About 50 people showed up, some holding signs that read, “You too can vote to take away civil rights from someone.”
Ahh, yes, the wonder of democracy. All is well, as long as you’re part of the in-crowd (defined as “50%+1″).
Now, it goes without saying that when it comes to marriage law, I’m of the belief that government should be out of the marriage business. Separate the religious and the civil aspects of it. But if government’s going to enforce the contract, it has to open it to both gays and to polygamists. Not doing so is just blatant discrimination.
I’d love to see this actually hit the ballot, if for no other reason than to prove that this is about discrimination, not about “protecting the sanctity” of a contract that currently has a 50% failure rate.
Hat Tip: Popehat