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Initiative to Ban Divorce in California Resurfaces

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Watch out fans of divorce, it's back! After failing to qualify for the November 2nd ballot, the California Protection of Marriage Act went into circulation on Tuesday. If 694,354 registered voters sign the petition within 150 days -- that's December 9th -- California voters may end up voting on it in 2011. Here's the Attorney General’s official title and summary:

ELIMINATES THE LAW ALLOWING MARRIED COUPLES TO DIVORCE. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Changes the California Constitution to eliminate the ability of married couples to get divorced in California. Preserves the ability of married couples to seek an annulment. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Savings to the state of up to hundreds of millions of dollars annually for support of the court system due to the elimination of divorce proceedings. (10-0019.)

Although hundreds of millions would be saved under the initiative, further state analysis predicts fewer marriages in California, thus possibly, "over time, result in a lower overall state population." It could also reduce the number of marriages, meaning fewer weddings resulting in less local spending at businesses affecting the tax base.