Since the proponents of so-called “marriage amendments” insist that marriage exists solely for the purpose of procreation, and the Washington Supreme Court has cited a “legitimate state interest” in defining marriage exclusively for the purpose of procreation and child-rearing, a group of concerned Washington citizens has endeavored to give this definition the full force of law:
…The first initiative will make procreation a requirement for legal marriage. The second would prohibit divorce or separation when a married couple has children together…
Since Delegate Marshall has already introduced a version of the second measure in Virginia, we eagerly await the Virginia counterpart of this:
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.
The best part is that Marshall and Newman will probably agree that this is a good idea.