A group of pro-gay marriage equality activists are pushing an intiative that is sure to make the heads of many conservatives pop. The intiative would restrict marriage in Washington to heterosexual couples willing and able to reproduce. Marriages that produce no children within three years would be dissolved by the state.
The intiative is based upon the Andersen ruling (PDF) last year that listed, amongst others, the inability of homosexuals to reproduce with each other as a valid reason to deny them the right to marry.
The whole is tongue in cheek of course. The supporters do not actually wish to place such restrictions on marriage.
While they will work to get Initiative 957 on the ballot and passed in November, Gadow said he doesn’t really want to see it enacted Ã¢â‚¬â€ and would expect the Supreme Court ultimately to strike it down as unconstitutional.
And that’s the point, he said. By striking down I-957, he believes the court would be forced to confront its decision in the gay-marriage case.
“We want people to think about the purpose of marriage,” he said. “If it exists for the purpose of procreation, they must understand then that these are the consequences.” (link)
I think the intiative is great and if I lived in Washington, I’d sign the petition. If marriage is about reproduction and it’s reasonable to forbid gays from marrying because they can’t reproduce, then no one but those who intend to have children should be able to marry.