At least that is what a couple of college students are trying to do in California.

Fox News reports:

SACRAMENTO — California’s top election official says supporters can start collecting signatures for a proposed ballot measure to strike the word “marriage” from all state laws.

Supporters of this ballot measure want to replace it with the term “domestic partnership,” while keeping all the rights of marriage in place.

The proposal is in response to a voter-approved gay marriage ban that passed in November. The new measure would repeal the ban, and define domestic partnerships as unions between all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Tuesday that supporters must gather nearly 700,000 signatures by early August to get the initiative on the ballot.

HT: American Sentinel

I would hope there aren’t 700,000 people in California who think this is a good idea.  Then again it’s California.  While one could argue whether or not government should be involved in marriage, I’ve wondered that myself.  The fact is they have been involved, and as a result there is the potential of major consequences – family breakdown, looseness of how domestic partnerships can be defined, etc.

This seems akin to curing the headache by chopping off the head.  What do you think?

On a related note, there is a bill being proposed in the Iowa Senate by Senator Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) that would remove the words “husband” and “wife” from Iowa laws, and replace them with the word spouse.  Stop.  Drinking.  Kool-Aid.

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  1. Fox news quoted: “Supporters of this ballot measure want to replace it with the term “domestic partnership,” while keeping all the rights of marriage in place.”

    Interestingly, in California, domestic partners are given largely the same level of responsibilities and legal protections as married couples. Now, I have never been confused that my state marriage license actually documents a civil union in the eyes of the state. And that is very distinct from religiously sanctified marriages. So I wonder whether it's time to clear the air about what a civil marriage really is. That's why I really have little trouble with using what is, in my opinion, a legitimate description of what it license really it. Furthermore it really makes no sense for states like California to maintain two differently named but legally equivalent terms.

  2. I think the main concern is how loose those arrangements can be. Divorce is already pretty high, but domestic partnership break-ups can be even higher since they would be easier to get out of.

    Some studies that show probably consequences:

    Honestly though I really have a hard time seeing this get passed. I would suspect that there would be those who voted against Prop. 8 would not be in favor of this.

  3. How long until they legalize incest? The only argument left is that the children could suffer from disabilities. This does not apply, however, in the case of a mother-daughter or father-son “domestic partnership.” One liberal acted like I was crazy and said, “The majority of people think incest is abhorent.” I answered, “Yes, and the majority of people think that homosexuality is abhorent.” Even liberal heterosexuals normally are repulsed by the idea of having sexual relationship with a member of the same sex. They're still able to condone homosexual behavior, though. The same thing will happen with incest.

  4. You would think there were cooler heads on the pro-SSM side that would try to have this pulled from contention ASAP as agitating everyone is not the way to win support for your ideals.

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