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2179Wash. initiative would require married couples to have kids

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  • Greg Cannon
    Feb 6, 2007

      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
      marriage annulled.

      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
      November ballot.

      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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