John Marcotte, the backer of a California ballot initiative that would ban divorce in California was authorized to begin collecting the signatures required to put the constitutional amendment on the ballot. He will need to collect the signatures of 694,354 registered voters before March 22, 2010.
The amendment would eliminate the current California law that allows married couples to divorce. Couples would still be allowed to annul their marriages. The initiative claims that the amendment would save the state of California “hundreds of millions” of dollars spent on divorce proceedings in California courts.
While an interesting approach to fiscal responsibility in California, the move begs the question of why Marcotte wouldn’t initiate an amendment asking divorcing couples to pay their court costs, rather than denying them the right to a divorce.
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Find out more about the proposed divorce ban in California at Ban Divorce? Ballot effort gets OK to gather signatures.