In a statement against California Proposition 8, a Sacramento Web designer has set up a website and Facebook Page to promote the banning of divorce in California. So far the movement has attracted over 13,000 fans and is growing after a day of widespread coverage. For those that are unaware of Proposition 8, it was a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment passed last year to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples.
John Marcotte, who set up the site and Facebook Page, says “Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more.” The rationale is that if you are going to stick with the “sanctity of marriage”, you should stick with the vow “Til death do us part”.
The movement will be an uphill battle as Marcotte needs to collect 694,354 signatures by March 22. While the odds are stacked against Marcotte, the concept is more of a statement than a genuine attempt to ban marriage. The group has already organized a march which was held in mid-November. Even more challenging for Marcotte is raising enough funding to support the movement.
Currently it is entirely funded by the sale of $12 T-Shirts sold through the 2010 California Marriage Protection Act website. If you are interested in learning more, check out the website and become a fan of the Marriage Protection Act Fan Page. Also be sure to check out the entertaining PSA below. Who knows, maybe a joke can actually spark an entire movement!