RUSH: Here’s the story. It’s 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,” of pre-wedding, marriage school.
And it goes up to 30 hours for people getting married for the third time because the presumption is you really don’t know what you’re doing. So the second time you get married, it’s 20 hours. The third time it’s 30 hours. “A re-marrying widow would be held to the same standard as a first-timer.” So a widow who’s getting married again would have to go through 10 hours of marriage school. “The law would not apply to civil unions.” Meaning homosexuals are exempted from this. And that may be because there’s nobody to teach them, yet. There just isn’t a whole lot of data.
“‘I don’t think it is necessary to mandate in my private life,’ said Margie Rodgers, who will walk down the aisle June 7 in Boulder. Rodgers and her fiancé completed premarital counseling through their church. Proponents David Schel and Sharon Tekolian of California-based Kids Against Divorce say the intended purpose of the act is to ‘better prepare individuals going into marriage to fulfill their new roles as spouse and potentially as parent.'”