I don't think I've ever heard of something so absurd and I hope that this backfires big time...
Idea Would Require Couples to Have Kids
By RACHEL LA CORTE
.c The Associated Press
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Proponents of same-sex marriage have introduced a ballot measure that would require heterosexual couples to have a child within three years or have their marriages annulled.
The Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance acknowledged on its Web site that the initiative was ``absurd'' but hoped the idea prompts ``discussion about the many misguided assumptions'' underlying a state Supreme Court ruling that upheld a ban on same-sex marriage.
The measure would require couples to prove they can have children to get a marriage license. Couples who do not have children within three years could have their marriages annulled.
All other marriages would be defined as ``unrecognized,'' making those couples ineligible for marriage benefits.
The paperwork for the measure was submitted last month. Supporters must gather at least 224,800 signatures by July 6 to put it on the November ballot.
The group said the proposal was aimed at ``social conservatives who have long screamed that marriage exists for the sole purpose of procreation.''
Cheryl Haskins, executive director of Allies for Marriage and Children, said opponents of same-sex marriage want only to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
``Some of those unions produce children and some of them don't,'' she said.
On the Net:
Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance: http://www.wa-doma.org/
Allies for Marriage & Children: http://www.alliesformarriage.org/
02/05/07 22:05 EST
Copyright 2004 The Associated Press.