Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced Tuesday that the proponent of a new initiative that would eliminate the law allowing married couples to divorce can start collecting petition signatures for his measure.
The proponent for the measure, John Marcotte, must collect signatures from 694,354 registered voters, the number equal to eight percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2006 gubernatorial election, in order to qualify it for the ballot. The proponent has 150 days to circulate petitions for the measure, or until Dec. 9.
The measure would amend the state Constitution to eliminate the law allowing married couples to divorce, although Marcotte's initiative would preserve the ability of married couples to seek an annulment. He contends that the initiative could save the state hundreds of millions of dollars annually for support of the court system due to the elimination of divorce proceedings.
Bowen's office said the initiative proponent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone number was provided.