Man Seeks to Ban Divorce in California
John Marcotte, who runs the website BadMouth.net, is trying to collect signatures to get his own bill, the “California Protection of Marriage Act” on the ballot in the Golden State. If Marcotte’s bill passes, divorce would become illegal in California.
Marcotte’s initiative was filed with the state attorney general’s office last week. The initiative reads: â€œNo party to any marriage shall be restored to the state of an unmarried person during the lifetime of the other party unless the marriage is void or void-able, as set forth in Part 2 of Division 6 of the Family Code.â€ Marcotte claimed his initiative is a logical extension of Proposition 8, the state’s voter-approved Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. According to Marcotte, his divorce ban is a centrist position with broad, apolitical appeal, and that if people want to protect marriage, they should make sure it can never be dissolved. Marcotte stands by his assertion that Proposition 8 supporters will rally behind his California Marriage Protection Act, once they understand it.
The slogans displayed on Marcotte’s BadMouth.net website are clever, if a bit tongue-in-cheek:
* You said ’til death do us part. You’re not dead yet.
* Jesus still loves you if you get divorced – just not as much as before.
* Hell is eternal – just like your marriage was supposed to be.
Marcotte said. Proposition 8 supporters weren’t trying to take rights away from gay people; instead, they were trying to protect traditional marriage. His â€œdivorce banâ€ would affect both opposite- and same-sex couples alike.
Claiming Jesus said that divorce is a sin when he said â€˜What God has joined together, let no man separate,â€ Marcotte added â€œGay people who happened to get married while it was legal to do so will have no choice but to remain married. But since being gay is also sinful, I think that homosexual couples should sleep in separate beds and refrain from having sex – just like real married couples.â€
It remains to be seen whether or not the 18,000 same-sex couples married in California before Proposition 8 passed last November will back Marcotte’s bill.