In a unique tactic, the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance (WA-DOMA) is pushing passage of addtional criteria to be a requirement of marriage. A speaker for the group, Gregory Gadow, states the following:
“For many years, social conservatives have claimed that marriage exists solely for the purpose of procreation,” said WA-DOMA organizer Gregory Gadow in a printed statement. “The Washington Supreme Court echoed that claim in their lead ruling on Andersen v. King County.
The time has come for these conservatives to be dosed with their own medicine. If same-sex couples should be barred from marriage because they can not have children together, it follows that all couples who can not or will not have children together should equally be barred from marriage. And this is what the Defense of Marriage Initiative will do.”
The Washington Secretary of State has accepted the initiative and assigned a serial number of 957, which now officially captions the initiative as “I-957.”
If passed by Washington State voters, I-957 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.
Is it absurd? Of course, and, more than likely, it won’t become law. But, it may trigger discussion as to why same-sex marriage is so vehemently opposed and considered taboo, and, it may strip away some of the tired notions given by some conservatives that marriage is for procreation.