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Texas House Passes Marriage Legislation

Posted by nytexan on April 12, 2007

In an unbelievable move to control people’s personal lives, the Texas House has passed marriage legislation.  The bill requires couples to have mandatory premarital counseling before they can wed.  Certified counselors would teach the eight hour class.  According to Republican Rep. Warren Chisum  “This is not counseling. This is education,” Chisum said. He said he wants couples to “know what they are getting into and what’s expected of them.” “Hopefully this will make those marriages last,” he said.

The bill also raises the marriage license fee from $30.00 to $100.00. Chisum’s logic is that by raising the cost to of the license it would help reduce the number of divorces and families living in poverty because of divorce. How the heck do you follow that logic?

There are many couples who go voluntarily to premarital counseling, but that’s their choice.  Personally, I don’t believe a premarital class stops divorce.  Couples get divorced for a variety of reasons.  By the way families that get divorced are not all living in poverty.  Families’ living in poverty is most likely due to “dead beat dads” not the divorce.  I wonder how many hypocrites in the Texas House that have been divorce voted to pass this junk. 

There are so many issues in Texas of huge importance and our elected officials think legislating peoples personal lives is of paramount importance. But let us not forget that this comes from Warren Chisum the very same person who passed out a memo written by Georgia GOP Rep. Ben Bridges to Texas House members which advocated that schools stop teaching evolution and contained links to a Web site that warns of international Jewish conspiracies. It also directed readers to the group that created the Web site – the Atlanta-area Fair Education Foundation.  The memo points to “indisputable evidence” that “evolution science has a very specific religious agenda” and refers readers to a Web site that asserts the universe revolves around the earth. It also suggests that Jewish physicists are part of the force behind a “centuries-old conspiracy” to destroy the Christian teachings of Earth’s origins.

When questioned about the memo and the website, Chisum said he never went to the web site to see what it said.  There you have it, Chisum can’t take the time to educate himself on the trash he passes out but he can put up a bill for couples to get educated on marriage.  Does anyone see the hypocrisy in that?

I really have no desire to have Chisum and the rest of the self proclaimed moral right controlling the personal lives of Texans.  My morals are much higher up the food chain than Chisum and his pals, I would have never even thought of passing around his racist memo. Neo cons behaving badly.  Remember Chisum; be good on Sunday and go to church because you can be an asshole the rest of the week.


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