Our own state legislator Sally Kern is making the news again. We have been told this past month that Rep. Kern has introduced House Bill 2279 that will restrict “incompatibility” as grounds for divorce in Oklahoma.
The bill would not allow divorce on the basis of incompatibility if:
(1) There are living minor children of the marriage
(2) The parties have been married 10 years or longer
(3) Either party files a written objection to the granting of a divorce.
If Rep. Sally Kern is concerned about the sanctity of marriage, she is right to focus on heterosexuals rather than the gay community. The institution of marriage has been damaged by the choices and lifestyle of heterosexuals. Straight people who are now concerned about their divorce rights, ought to be able to identify with the gay community who have yet to receive any legal rights with his/her partner.
Now days, it is too easy to get divorced but there has to be exceptions. Many people are in and out of relationships like a revolving door. I don’t think Rep. Kern’s bill will solve unhealthy marriages nor build healthy relationships.
I personally would like to see mandatory counseling before one can get married and before one can divorce. Mandatory counseling and license to be a parent would be a good idea too!