OK, so Rep. LaVar Christensen (R-Draper) wants to introduce a bill to say that hetersexual marriage is a “fundimental unit of society,” claiming it predates government, even, and much else.
(An aside — how fundimental? In Genesis most of the marriages are plural and then some — sex with wife’s handmaidens is common. Does he include that? Just asking….)
There’s a story here (click) but the idea of legally saying some particular sort of marriage is critical to society leads to some interesting speculation.
First, seeing as how half of all marriages end in divorce, it seems to be that society’s fundiment is built on sand, at best.
Second, if we’re going to make something that important to society in law, should we not add some enforcement to keep that fundimental unit — and by extension society as a whole — from falling apart?
I think so. So I await Rep. Christensen’s companion bill to this making divorce illegal except under some very restrictive circumstances, such as fraud or proven abuse.
We also need a bill to make all marriages subject to government oversight and regulation. If the government regulates pickles and hot dogs because bad pickles and hotdogs are bad for society as a whole, it certainly needs to keep an eye on something as fundimental as marriage, just to make sure nobody’s letting things slip. Spouse abuse would be particularly punished, but failure to hug your husband or wife could be a misdemeanor.
Yeah, I see nothing but good from this whole enterprise.