Seriously, if the State can redefine what marriage is, this was merely a matter of time:
From The Denver Post:
As if getting married wasn’t complicated enough, a proposed ballot initiative would require mandatory pre-wedding education before couples could say “I do.”
Lumped onto the hours spent debating centerpieces, picking a photographer, finding the perfect dress and corralling future in-laws, the proposed Colorado Marriage Education Act calls for 10 hours of pre-wedding marriage education.
If either the bride- or groom-to-be is marrying for the second time, the requirement kicks up to a minimum of 20 hours. It goes up to 30 hours for a third- time’s-the-charm.
A re-marrying widow would be held to the same standard as a first-timer. The law would not apply to civil unions.
For the record, I think pre-marital counseling is a wonderful idea. My wife and I not only went through an intensive Catholic pre-marital counseling (which helped us tremendously), but we also helped provide and coordinate similar counseling through our church for many years.
But: STATE MANDATED pre-marital counseling, by its very nature, is a horrific Pandora’s Box in the offing.
Think about it: if the State can order you and your betrothed to receive “counseling”, doesn’t it logically follow that the State can also mandate what TYPE of counseling you receive, and specific features therein? Which means you can practically guarantee that various sexual practices, new-age psycho-babble, and whatever else you can imagine will end up being “essential” aspects of any such “approved” counseling.
Think “Obamacare’s Minimum Coverage” standards, just for marriage.
Oh, yeah: this’ll help.