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Washington Fundies Are Insane

It’s About Equality[UPDATE:  You HAVE to read the comments in the thread below this post!  This ain’t a bunch of fundies, it’s a “reverse psychology / this is where your conclusion logically leads” kind of thing being floated by equal marriage rights folks!]

A peek above our garters to Viviane (way NSFW!) for this story:

Some fundy group in Washington called “The Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance” has filed a proposition called Initiative 957.

Initiative 957 would require all married couples in the state to file a “Proof of Procreation” within three years of the marriage or the marriage would automatically be annulled.

According to Daily Dose of Queer, the nutters released a press statement that further lists the objectives of this initiative:

    • 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.

Hopefully, it won’t get the 224,800 signatures it needs by July 6th to be on the ballot this November, but even if it does, I hope that Washington voters aren’t insane enough to pass this crap.

You never know these days, though.

The Washington Supreme Court last year issued a ruling:

…stating gay and lesbian couples could be prevented from marrying by the state because Washington has a legitimate interest in preserving marriage for couples who can procreate.

I guess two 70 year old widows shouldn’t be allowed to marry either. Or anyone else that for medical or other reasons can’t have children.

After all, “Washington has a legitimate interest in preserving marriage for couples who can procreate”.

Insane.

Filed under: Education, Equality, Fundies, Politics, Rants, Religion, Sex

11 Responses

  1. establish a process for filing proof of procreation???

    Uh, have sex and then have an abortion? Submit fetus in standard manila envelope? No thanks.

  2. Deacon Barry says:

    Actually, this is being proposed by Gay Marriage supporters. It’s a Trojan Horse tactic for forcing a discussion of gay marriage in the public arena. When the courts oppose this, as they have to, they are forced to confront the logical dilemma of their position. If ability to procreate is not a requirement for a legal marriage, then there is no logical reason to deny gay people the right to marry.
    The beauty of it is, that any fundies signing it would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.

  3. JanieBelle says:

    Really?

    Oh that is so awesome! How funny is that?

  4. Janie, I love your blog, and I love your ranting. This one isn’t actually a fundy group, though. It’s a bit of political theater to point out exactly how ridiculous the original court decision is, and to say “okay, so what if you had to live up to your ruling!”

    Here’s from their home page:
    The Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance seeks to defend equal marriage in this state by challenging the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling on Andersen v. King County. This decision, given in July 2006, declared that a “legitimate state interest” allows the Legislature to limit marriage to those couples able to have and raise children together. Because of this “legitimate state interest,” it is permissible to bar same-sex couples from legal marriage.

    The way we are challenging Andersen is unusual: using the initiative, we are working to put the Court’s ruling into law. We will do this through three initiatives. The first would make procreation a requirement for legal marriage. The second would prohibit divorce or legal separation when there are children. The third would make the act of having a child together the legal equivalent of a marriage ceremony.

    Absurd? Very. But there is a rational basis for this absurdity. By floating the initiatives, we hope to prompt discussion about the many misguided assumptions which make up the Andersen ruling. By getting the initiatives passed, we hope the Supreme Court will strike them down as unconstitional and thus weaken Andersen itself. And at the very least, it should be good fun to see the social conservatives who have long screamed that marriage exists for the sole purpose of procreation be forced to choke on their own rhetoric.

  5. JanieBelle says:

    Just goes to show that it’s damned near impossible to tell the difference between a parody of fundies and the real thing.

    It’s almost impossible to come up with something more extreme to parody them with.

  6. oops… just read your earlier comments and realize mine was unnecessary. sorry!

  7. JanieBelle says:

    Oh, too funny. Thank you Elizabeth and Deacon for pointing this out…

    I’m in frickin’ tears I’m laughing so hard

  8. JanieBelle says:

    ‘sok Elizabeth, the comments were crossing in cyberspace and posted about the same time.

  9. OK, I thought it was a bit much. Thanks for the info.

  10. Deacon Barry says:

    This is a perfect example of Poe’s Law:
    “Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won’t mistake for the real thing.”

  11. Smiley says:

    Yup and I’m a proud, new Washington State Homeowner, and will prouldy sign that measure. Everyone deserves to be married. And if it is going to be defined on terms of procreation – then I suppose married straight people need to start having babies. If they don’t they are not allowed to be married. Hey I didn’t come up with this logic. The courts did.

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