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Want to get married? Prove it!

This is an interesting concept. I doubt that it will pass, though.

Gay Rights Activists Introduce Initiative that Would Require Children in Marriages

KENNEWICK, Wash.- A new initiative is turning heads around the state as the gay-marriage debate heats up again.

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed has accepted Iinitiative 957, a response by gay rights activists to a State Supreme Court ruling last summer.

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that the state could prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying because the state has a legitimate interest in preserving marriage for procreation.

The Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance then filed the initiative.

I-957 has five clauses that would have to be met for a legal marriage.

It would allow only couples capable of having kids to marry, and that they file "proof of procreation" within three years of the marriage. If not, the marriage would be annulled.

Many people think the law is over the top.

Leaders at a Kennewick church with gay and lesbian members feel the same.

"There are many marriages that are not about having children. There are many couples who marry later in life, they marry for companionship, they marry because they want to create a family," said the Reverend Janet Pierce.

"They don't necessarily marry to have children," Pierce said.

I-957 would also force couples who married out of state to show the same proof of procreation or their marriage wouldn't be recognized, and it would become a criminal act for anyone in an unrecognized marriage to get marriage benefits.

To make it on the November ballot they need 224,800 signatures by July 6.

The original article is here



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 14th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
I'd sign it. Make the damned christians face their hypocricy head on.
May. 14th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, They want their cake and eat it too.
They use that old pro-creation argument, but they say nothing about seniors getting married or, the prisoniers on death-row sounds like a cop out to me.
May. 14th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
That IS crazy-talk! *shakes head in disbelief*
May. 14th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
I know that I am jumping up on my soapbox, but think it should be the this and the otherway. You can only procreate if you are married. Too many unwed mothers out there. I think that they should outlaw divorce too! Marrige is something that you should think long and hard about before you enter into. The have made it too easy for people to not take resonsibility for their own actions......

I am hoping to have RDA for you on Friday.... Are we still gona MahJongg?

May. 14th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I could go on and on with this subject! I think marriage should be abolished and people should have to qualify for the privilige of becoming parents. I'd rather see my tax money going to support a poor but decent family than to building prisons and escalate warfare.

but I won't rant on you... I can see that I'm preachin' to the choir!

I hope to make it on Friday... with the Riverfestival going on, Laura and I are a little shy of driving around downtown.

((((Irishbear)))) thanks for burning RDA for me! You're just a capital fellow, I insist!
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