Are They Really Trying To Ban Divorce?

Apparently emboldened by the success of Prop. 8, it seems California religious nutters are now gathering signatures to put an initiative to ban divorce on the ballot in 2010. I still can’t figure out if it’s supposed to be a piece of political theater. But CNN covered it in a serious way–and they’ve filed the necessary paperwork–so…?

If serious, it’s a similar approach to the evangelical “covenant marriage,” another last-ditch attempt to keep the bible relevant as some kind of source of morality, or worse, law.

I’m not particularly worried about this. With tens of millions of dollars spent on Prop. 8, it was an extremely close race (52-47). This time, they’ve struck right at the heart of the freedom of the heterosexual majority. I don’t think all the Catholic and Mormon money in the world could get this through in CA. But the fact that they’re trying should once again make people think twice about the abuse of the initiative process to pass some truly onerous laws.

On the other hand, maybe this is a brilliantly subversive Onion-style prank by John Marcotte. The website is suspiciously tongue-in-cheek. But it’s nowhere near April 1. What do you think?

Comments (7 comments)

Wee / September 14th, 2009, 9:17 pm / #1

I think it's a poe. The reason is this quote (from memory, so excuse the plentiful mistakes): "Clearly banning divorce has a great deal of support. All who voted for proposition 8 will vote for this. The only difference between this and prop 8 is that it affects them too. Not to vote to ban divorce would be hypoctritical."

PS: Your comment box is buggy.

darkeros / September 14th, 2009, 9:17 pm / #2

"Hell is Eternal… Just like your marriage was suppose to be…" and on their t-shirts… "You said till Death do us Part… You're not Dead yet!"
Its hilarious! and their fans look like a bunch of young drug addicts. So it smells like a hoax… and if its not, then we need to start building some new mental hospitals!

BlackSun / September 14th, 2009, 9:45 pm / #3

The funniest thing is when true religious insanity is so close to self-parody you can't tell the difference.

Spanish_Inquis / September 15th, 2009, 1:30 am / #4

This'll put me out of business. Now I'll have to go back to chasing ambulances. ;)

BlackSun / September 15th, 2009, 2:54 am / #5

lol, well there's always clergy sex abuse cases…

Scott M. / September 15th, 2009, 2:20 am / #6

I read somewhere recently that yes this IS a stab at the religious right. He's actually hoping to get it passed because he thinks they're stupid enough to do it and only after they vote themselves into the corner will they have to recant and hopefully realize they were wrong on Prop 8 also.

ssgchester / September 20th, 2009, 10:38 pm / #7

Just who is this idiot?
And just where does he get off trying to tell me how to live my life?
This clown needs to simply "F**K OFF!" and mind his own business.
People's personal and private lives are NONE OF HIS BUSINESS.
Maybe he should move to Iran or North Korea…

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