Editorial: Divorce bill would expand government's role

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 04:51 PM.

Finally, the bill strikes previous language that stated "isolated incident of sexual intercourse between the parties shall not toll the statutory period required for divorce …"

There are two intertwined issues here for lovers of liberty: One is the frank and brazen hypocrisy by state Republicans. The second is, regardless of the context, this bill is big government Nanny State in your face.

Of all the provisions listed above, perhaps the most onerous is the one requiring counseling for those spouses with children.

Do the bill’s authors really think that divorcing parents don’t struggle mightily with how the end of the marriage will affect their children? What audacity it takes to presume that, only after a four-hour government class, it will finally dawn on divorcing parents that their children will be negatively affected. Isn’t this the same government-in-your-face legislation over which Republicans routinely (and correctly) roast Democrats?

A favorite line of fiscal conservatives when it comes to welfare is to leave that work up to churches and charities.

But shouldn’t that also apply to marriage? Aren’t churches and therapists where marriage counseling should originate, not the government?

The two-year waiting period is equally invasive and Nanny-ish.



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