Saturday, February 10, 2007

This is more like it!

Some folks in Washington State are actually following through to codify the state's interest in marriage:
If passed by Washington voters, the Defense of Marriage Initiative would:
  • add the phrase, “who are capable of having children with one another” to the legal definition of marriage; 
  • require that couples married in Washington file proof of procreation within
    three years of the date of marriage or have their marriage automatically annulled;  
  • require that couples married out of state file proof of procreation within three years of the date of marriage or have their marriage classed as “unrecognized;” 
  • establish a process for filing proof of procreation; and 
  • make it a criminal act for people in an unrecognized marriage to receive marriage benefits.
    (via Boing Boing, which has also featured these cool tidbits in the past week: the free, live pioneer-era sourdough starter and the book scanner)

    5 comments:

    Adam said...

    Does this mean give them photos? I'm imagining an audition tape, like the one's for the MTV shows.



    Is the state of Washington going to provide video production classes so people can submit quality proof of procreation?

    alice said...

    Nah -- I think it's more that you have to submit an infant for their inspection, and possibly for DNA testing, to make sure you're not just using the neighbor's kid...

    Adam said...

    but what about somebody who doesn't want kids?

    alice said...

    They can't get married. Marriage is for procreation.

    Spike said...

    So what about people who procreate outside of marriage? Are they going to start stoning young college students to death, starting with participants on Girls Gone Wild?

    First they came for those boldly making out in class, and I did not speak out, because I was not making out in class. Then came for those living in sin, and I did not speak out, because I was not living in sin.