. . . Friday March 4, 2005

Until Legislative Action Do We Part

During a lot of wedding ceremonies, the participants repeat the line: Until death do us part.

Well, depending on the course of current legal trends, in some states, even that parting might be conditional.

A couple of weeks ago, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and his wife renewed their vows. But this was not any ordinary vow renewal (and I’m not just saying that because they weren’t in Vegas). This was a new more powerful legal bond that a few states have written into law and called a covenant marriage.

The covenant marriage (which could easily share a slogan with the roach motel) is an attempt to create a legislative solution to the rising number of divorces. Convenant married people must agree to attend counseling sessions when trouble arises. And getting a divorse is a bit more of an effort:

After the counseling, couples in covenant marriages can only get divorced ‘upon proof’ of either adultery, a felony or an ‘infamous crime’ committed by the other spouse, physical or sexual abuse, or a two-year period of living apart without reconciliation.

This kind of “law” would be scary enough if it were being handed down by a few stray congregations affiliated with one faith or another. But as a law handed down by the state, it’s completely ridiculous.

The legislation of love and relationships? Come on folks, most states can barely come up with a carpool lane rule that works. We’re losing our minds.

Concentration is important!