Protect marriage, ban divorce!

A California man is promoting a satirical ballot petition that targets opponents of gay unions

Tracy Clark-Flory
December 2, 2009 2:45AM (UTC)

Want to defend the sanctity of marriage? Try banning divorce. That's the message of a satirical campaign in California to force wedded straight couples to stay shackled together forever -- as in forever, forever.

John Marcotte, a 38-year-old married man who voted against the state's same-sex marriage ban, is petitioning to get a divorce ban on the state's 2010 ballot. "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," he told the Associated Press. It's simply the logical extension of the illogical thinking behind Prop. 8, the state's gay marriage ban. The initiative's Facebook page explains: "Marriage is forever. No escape clause. God said so." End of conversation.


Marcotte is clearly having a ton of fun and is brilliantly exposing the idiocy and hypocrisy behind the marriage inequality movement. I must say, though, I'm not into the idea of making a political point with an ironic ballot petition. Why not put the energy into, like, a serious one? Also, the proposal has approximately a snowball's chance in hell of getting the required signatures to go on the ballot -- and beyond that even slimmer odds of being passed -- but, ehh, why poke the hornet's nest? Comedy-deafness is rampant in this country and some will take this as a serious rallying cry: The AP spoke to a recent petition signer -- a single 47-year-old man -- who quite seriously believed in making a constitutional amendment to require permanent indentured partnership. Yee-ikes.

Tracy Clark-Flory

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