2179Wash. initiative would require married couples to have kids
- Feb 6, 2007http://www.nwcn.com/statenews/washington/stories/NW_020507WABinitiative957SW.546c6a4d.html
Wash. initiative would require married couples to have
12:59 PM PST on Tuesday, February 6, 2007
KING5.com Staff and Associated Press
OLYMPIA, Wash. - An initiative filed by proponents of
same-sex marriage would require heterosexual couples
to have kids within three years or else have their
Initiative 957 was filed by the Washington Defense of
Marriage Alliance. That group was formed last summer
after the state Supreme Court upheld Washington's ban
on same-sex marriage.
Under the initiative, marriage would be limited to men
and women who are able to have children. Couples would
be required to prove they can have children in order
to get a marriage license, and if they did not have
children within three years, their marriage would be
subject to annulment.
All other marriages would be defined as "unrecognized"
and people in those marriages would be ineligible to
receive any marriage benefits.
For many years, social conservatives have claimed
that marriage exists solely for the purpose of
procreation ... The time has come for these
conservatives to be dosed with their own medicine,"
said WA-DOMA organizer Gregory Gadow in a printed
statement. If same-sex couples should be barred from
marriage because they can not have children together,
it follows that all couples who cannot or will not
have children together should equally be barred from
Supporters must gather more than 224,000 valid
signatures by July 6 to put the initiative on the
Opponents say the measure is another attack on
traditional marriage, but supporters say the move is
needed to have a discussion on the high court ruling.
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