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Man pushes for Calif. divorce ban on ballot

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

July 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Sacramento man is asking California voters to ban divorce since many have already voted to ban gay marriage.John Marcotte wants to put a ballot measure before voters in 2012 calling for a ban on divorce in California.

The secretary of state's office has now given him the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures to that end. Marcotte said he was inspired by Proposition 8.

"What they wanted to do is protect traditional marriage and I thought that is such a noble goal, but they are going about it in such a strange way. If you want to protect traditional marriage, don't stop gay people from getting married, stop straight people from getting divorced," said Marcotte.

Some call Marcotte's campaign nothing more than a joke designed to embarrass Californians who voted to ban gay marriage.