We will do this through three initiatives.
- The first would make procreation a requirement for legal marriage.
- The second would prohibit divorce or legal separation when there are children.
- The third would make the act of having a child together the legal equivalent of a marriage ceremony. If passed by Washington voters, the Defense of Marriage Initiative would: * add the phrase, “who are capable of having children with one another” to the legal definition of marriage; * require that couples married in Washington file proof of procreation within three years of the date of marriage or have their marriage automatically annulled; * require that couples married out of state file proof of procreation within three years of the date of marriage or have their marriage classed as “unrecognized;” * establish a process for filing proof of procreation; and * make it a criminal act for people in an unrecognized marriage to receive marriage benefits.
The Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance recognizes that this initiative is just plain silly. But, do you think this will actually convince any anti-gay voters that banning same-sex marriage for the sake of the children is just as silly? Is this the type of initiative that can create a dialog outside the queer community? What do you think of the initiative itself?