The American Taliban (religious right wingnut conservatives or “krazy konservative kooks) now have a chance to show that they really do intent to “protect marriage.” They are always claiming that marriage is all about procreation and children. To respond to this stupidity, a group in Washington state is going to attempt a very ingenious ballot initiative.
Obviously, it’s absurd on its face and it’s meant to be.Â But so is saying that same-sex marriages/unions shouldn’t be sanctioned because same-sex couples can’t conceive children.Â Honestly, I’ve been married for a very long time.Â I cannot understand how allowing same sex couples to have their unions legally sanctioned at all negatively affects my marriage.Â Who is making more of a mockery of marriage: a gay couple wanting to have their relationship recognized or Republican would-be candidates like Gingrich or Guiliani both on their third marriages?
An initiative filed by proponents of same-sex marriage would require heterosexual couples to have kids within three years or else have their marriage annulled.
Initiative 957 was filed by the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance. That group was formed last summer after the state Supreme Court upheld Washington’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Under the initiative, marriage would be limited to men and women who are able to have children. Couples would be required to prove they can have children in order to get a marriage license, and if they did not have children within three years, their marriage would be subject to annulment.
All other marriages would be defined as “unrecognized” and people in those marriages would be ineligible to receive any marriage benefits.
“For many years, social conservatives have claimed that marriage exists solely for the purpose of procreation … The time has come for these conservatives to be dosed with their own medicine,” said WA-DOMA organizer Gregory Gadow in a printed statement. “If same-sex couples should be barred from marriage because they can not have children together, it follows that all couples who cannot or will not have children together should equally be barred from marriage.”