Initiative Filed to Ban Divorce in California

October 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
An initiative for next year's ballot would make divorce "illegal" in California -- and it's now passed its first legal hurdle.The secretary of state's office has given the green light to let supporters of the measure begin gathering signatures.

The initiative would amend the state constitution to ban married couples from legally divorcing. Couples would still be allowed to annul their marriages.

The author of the measure says it's meant to poke fun at supporters of proposition eight who view same-sex marriage as a threat to traditional marriage.

John Marcotte said, " ... and if two gay people get married, it doesn't make my marriage that much safer. I thought a uh, more direct way to accomplish that same goal would be to ban divorce. If I can't get divorced, my marriage is safe in a way that stopping gay people from getting married can only dream of."

Supporters will need to collect nearly 700-thousand signatures by March, to qualify for the ballot.

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