California is an odd state, compared to the other 49. It has a very large and diverse population; perhaps the greatest variety of terrain and climate of any state; and it has easily the most bizarre political system of all. Among its governmental features is the ease with which initiatives can be circulated and then get on the November ballot. This means lots of initiatives get voted on by the people of California … sometimes very strange ones.

One such initiative campaign is a somewhat-less-than-serious effort to force so-called “protectors of marriage” to actually live up to their declared intention of truly “protecting” marriage. The AP (via Google News) reports on it:

Til death do us part? The vow would really hold true in California if a Sacramento Web designer gets his way.

In a movement that seems ripped from the pages of Comedy Channel writers, John Marcotte wants to put a measure on the ballot next year to ban divorce in California.

The effort is meant to be a satirical statement after California voters outlawed gay marriage in 2008, largely on the argument that a ban is needed to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage. If that’s the case, then Marcotte reasons voters should have no problem banning divorce.

“Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more,” the 38-year-old married father of two said.

Marcotte passed his first hurdle, having obtained permission to collect petition signatures. But that was the easy part; it gets much harder:

Marcotte needs 694,354 valid signatures by March 22, a high hurdle in a state where the typical petition drive costs millions of dollars.

Even if his initiative never makes it, Marcotte has made his point, and it’s been noticed, as the AP goes on to say:

Not surprisingly, Marcotte’s campaign to make divorce in California illegal has divided those involved in last year’s campaign for and against Proposition 8.

As much as everyone would like to see fewer divorces, making it illegal would be “impractical,” said Ron Prentice, the executive director of the California Family Council who led a coalition of religious and conservative groups to qualify Proposition 8.

This is otherwise known as “excuse-making” or “rationalizing.” As it turns out, Prentice makes his groups intentions crystal-clear:

Prentice said proponents of traditional marriage only seek to strengthen the one man-one woman union.

“That’s where our intention begins and ends,” he said.

In other words, Prentice and his group are concerned with preventing gays — and only gays — from marrying. No other group of people are their targets … just gays. They have no other interest in the “marriage game” — and have admitted it themselves. So when they later claim that “we’re not ‘anti-gay,’ we’re ‘pro-marriage’,” we all know that to be a lie.

Find out more about Marcotte’s California Marriage Protection Act at their Web site, rescuemarriage . org (which, as of late July 2014, Google reports is hosting malware, so I removed the active link).

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