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Legislating 10 Hours of Pre-Wedding Marriage Education?

As California Goes, So Goes Colorado.

Stephen Green


January 27, 2014 - 4:00 pm


It’s sad to watch my once-proud state descend into California-level insanity, but here’s yet another example of just that:

A proposed ballot initiative in Colorado would require couples to undergo 10 hours of pre-wedding marriage education before they can legally tie the knot.

The measure, proposed by the California-based group Kids Against Divorce, would then require people who are marrying for a second time to clock 20 hours of counseling, 30 hours for a third marriage and so on, the Denver Post reported.

Kids Against Divorce? The name of this phony-balony group might as well be “For the Children!™”

I’m reminded of anti-drunk driving laws. A laudable effort, to be sure, but an entire quasi-private industry has grown up around the laws. Instead of paying your fines and doing your community service, offenders also have to endure hours of “support” lessons. It’s a state-mandated industry for otherwise unemployable lefties.

If this thing becomes a part of the state constitution, we’ll have another quasi-private industry for pre-marriage counseling.

And I’d honestly rather live in sin than pay any money to these charlatans.


image via shutterstock / Anton Gvozdikov

crossposted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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There's a much better way to address this issue, and it addresses the gay marriage issue as well.

State gets out of marriages all together. Instead, folks who want a legal arrangement do just that- they get a contract specifiying the terms of their domestic partnership. No more no fault divorce, or automatic penalties/fees/alimony regardless of who wanted to end it. Dissolution of the contracts in accordance with the terms of the contract. Like any other contract, the adult is expected to read it, understand it, sign it (or not), and abide by its terms or face the consequences if they signed it. Adults entering into legal agreements based on their mutual compromises.

Marriage becomes simply a religious ceremony - religions that accept gay marriages administer them, religions that don't - don't.
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Premarital counseling is a great thing, and I believe all couples contemplating marriage should seek some. But a government mandate? HELL NO!
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This is nothing more than a gift to underemployed social workers.
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See why Mrs. Animal and I are looking for retirement property in Alaska?
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