Divorce Ban In California?


Oooh, you know me. Can’t resist a story about a crazy Christian. Although this one has a little twist and leaves you scratching your head a little.

John Marcotte is a Sacramento web designer and the proud owner of rescuemarriage.org, a website dedicated to all things traditional. Marcotte says that he is a devote Roman Catholic, and believes strongly in the sanctity of marriage. He so strongly believes in this, in fact, that he is SURE that there should be an outright ban on divorce in the state of California, because divorce goes against the Christian morals. That’s right. Even if you’re not a Christian, you’re still an American, and this whole stew of Church and State thing is still an issue.

“Hell is eternal, just like your marriage was supposed to be. Jesus still loves you if you get divorced, just not as much as before.”

Yup. He actually said that. You just can’t make this stuff up.

Marcotte is solid in the belief that, because Prop 8 was passed, Californians believe whole-heartedly in the sanctity of holy matrimony, and that because of this decision, it would be “hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more.” That part I can actually follow. Hell there’s nothing traditional about divorce, and if you’re going to be pro-anything, be fully balls-out pro “it”.

So Marcotte filed paperwork for his Marriage Act on September 1st, and is trying to get enough valid signatures by March 22nd (he needs exactly 694,354) to bypass government, and have the proposition put directly on ballot for the people of California to vote on.  You heard correctly. Straight passed the big guys in the offices, right to the people. Yikes. There’s just one thing. Marcotte is a known satirist, owns the website badmouth.net as well, and is kinda infamous for social pranks. The really crappy part is, no one knows whether this is another social prank (will be his largest scale to date if it is), or whether he truly is a devout Roman Catholic that believes in traditional marriage and just happens to run a few jokes on the side. Is this like Joaquin Phoenix rapping?

Only time will tell, well, until March, to see whether this guy really is pulling off a large but effective prank, or whether another crazy Christian with a God complex is given a little too much power and should just take a biblical leap of a proverbial cliff. Or a real one.