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2180Re: [prezveepsenator] Wash. initiative would require married couples to have kids

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  • richard kelly
    Feb 7, 2007
      I guess April Fools came early this year?

      Richard Kelly
      --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

      > Wash. initiative would require married couples to
      > have
      > kids
      > 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
      > marriage."
      > 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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