Everyone knows that approximately 50% of all marriages end in divorce. With that in mind it will be very interesting to see how people react to this news. One shocking new movement has begun in California that to many seems comical. The movement is being led by a man named John Marcotte who is under the impression that divorce should be banned completely in the state of California. This 38-year-old man has been married for seven years and has two children.
The basis of his argument is that voters tried to outlaw gay marriage back in 2008 in efforts to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage. He wants to take it a step further and influence voters to outlaw divorce completely in order to preserve traditional marriage. His own words were:
"Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more."
John Marcotte has been collecting signatures for the movement in hopes to get his measure on the California ballot for next year. The list of signatures began with his wife and has now grown to be upwards of 11,000 people. Marcotte has even reached out to gay activists and his movement seems to be dividing those who were for and against Prop 8.
The search for more signatures continues online but the odds of his campaign getting off the ground are slim to none. People want to have the freedom of choice and Marcotte's strong beliefs would bring a whole new meaning of the phrase, "Till death do us part." The comical part is that he had T-shirts made for the campaign which have a bride and groom on them that are chained together at the wrists. This may not be the best selling point to convince people.
In order for the movement to be signed in a measure for a ballot Marcotte would need to get at least 694,354 signatures before March 22 of this years. Currently, there is no state in the U.S. that bans divorce and there are only a few countries in the world that do enforce a ban on divorce. People who catch wind of this new movement are either finding it hilarious or downright insane. Many people believe that even if he did get enough signatures to make the ballot and by some miracle it passed, it would never stand up in the eyes of the federal government. It is hard to believe that anyone would want to vote to take away someone else's civil rights.