Calif. Man Wants to Ban Divorce

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A California man has taken the fight for traditional marriage in the state to a new level-- now to prevent spouses from getting divorced.
John Marcotte, 37, wants to add the California Marriage Protection Act to the state's Constitution to outlaw divorce, just as Proposition 8 did for same-sex marriage.

"It's actually what I think is kind of a logical extension of Prop 8, which was the California Marriage Protection Act," he said. "It would protect traditional marriages by banning divorce in the state of California."

Marcotte is raising money for the initiative by selling "Chains of Love" T-shirts. The shirts feature a bride and groom chained at the wrist with a caption that reads, "You said, 'Till death do us part. You're not dead yet.'"

"God hates divorce," Marcotte said.

Marcotte submitted his initiative to the state's attorney general earlier this month with hopes of getting it on the ballot sometime next year. 

His lawyer, Alan Barnes, says a grassroots signature drive will follow.

"It's not going to be one of the paid petition drives like you see so often," Barnes explained. "This will actually be all-volunteer based. But we're hoping to get it on the ballot."

Some, however, are not convinced of Marcotte's effort.

One posting on his Web site reads, "Ban divorce? You've got to be out of your mind. This whole thing is a joke."

Marcotte insists he's being very serious, even though he has been known to engineer a number of harmless social pranks.

For example, he put a giant pair of Groucho glasses on a statute at a Sacramento retail center.

"I get attacked from people that think I'm kidding and think I'm making fun of the Prop 8 people," Marcotte said. "And then on the other side I'm getting attacked from the left, who think that I'm serious."

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