SAINT PAUL, MN — The lead group pushing to ban gay Minnesotans from marrying announced today that it plans to expand its efforts to protect traditional marriage.
“We don’t hate gays, we just believe traditional marriage is about procreation, something gay couples simply cannot do,” said Homer Fobe, a spokesman for Minnesotans for Our Kind of Marriage (MOKM). “So to prove the 2012 initaitive isn’t about gay bashing, in 2014 we’re also going to push to nullify marriages for heterosexual couples who are not having children.”
Fobe said the group would propose a ballot initiative to amend the Minnesota Constitution to nullify marriages of Minnesota heterosexual couples who reach the age of 44 without bearing any children.
“Procreation is a sacred duty of traditional marriage that childless couples simply are not willing to fulfill,” said Fobe. “We hate the sin, but we love the sinner. Everybody has the right to love who they choose, but nobody has the right to redefine traditional marriage so it no longer includes its traditional purpose, procreation of the species.”
National Center for Health Statistics researchers say the last time they asked whether women were voluntarily childless was 1995, when 6.6 percent of American women fell into that category. The number had increased from 4.9 percent in 1982. Many advocates of traditional marriage feel the number of voluntarily childless women has increased dramatically since 1995.
MOKM indicated it would seek to nullify marriage for all childless couples, not just those who are voluntarily childless. About 18% of women ages 40-44 had no children in 2008, according to the Pew Research Center. In 1976, just 10% of women fell into that category.
“Some claim their infertility is involuntary, that they were “born this way,’” said Fobe. “However, we won’t allow our Constitution to be polluted with that kind of junk science.”
David Foot, an economist at the University of Toronto, has found that the factor most correlated to childlessness is a female’s level of education. The more education women have, the less likely they are to have children. While 16% of females without a high school degree are childless, 25% of females with a bachelor’s degree are childless.
“We can’t lose sight of the cause of this rejection of traditional marriage,” said Fobe. “Something in today’s society is polluting young minds, and we must root it out.”