Yesterday evening the Bellingham Herald ran a “Breaking News” story about Initiative 957 that would require couples to bear children for their marriages to remain legal. Naturally it was an uproar in the comment section. This morning I can find no mention of it in the online Herald. What a dream come true, because admittedly by the sponsors, the whole purpose of the initiative was not to actually go into law, but to draw attention. They say themselves on their website:
Absurd? Very. But there is a rational basis for this absurdity
And at the very least, it should be good fun to see the social conservatives who have long screamed that marriage exists for the sole purpose of procreation be forced to choke on their own rhetoric.
I’m glad this is not spread around the news getting more attention than it deserves. It’s just a publicity stunt which unfortunately will end up causing taxpayers money; because it appears to be real initiative.
If passed by Washington voters, the Defense of Marriage Initiative would:
- add the phrase, “who are capable of having children with one another” to the legal definition of marriage;
- require that couples married in Washington file proof of procreation within three years of the date of marriage or have their marriage automatically annulled;
- require that couples married out of state file proof of procreation within three years of the date of marriage or have their marriage classed as “unrecognized;”
- establish a process for filing proof of procreation; and
- make it a criminal act for people in an unrecognized marriage to receive marriage benefits.
- Actual text of Initiative 957 from their website.
This whole thing is in response to a ruling back in July by Justice Alexander. These laws, manipulations of laws, initiatives, ruling, etc. are still very confusing and make a simple issue very complex. Someone said that the Devil is in the details and I’m sure that he is present here both in quality and quantity.