- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A proposed ballot initiative in Colorado would require couples to undergo 10 hours of pre-wedding marriage education before they can legally tie the knot.

The measure, proposed by the California-based group Kids Against Divorce, would then require people who are marrying for a second time to clock 20 hours of counseling, 30 hours for a third marriage and so on, the Denver Postreported.

Proponents David Schel and Sharon Tekolian told the newspaper the intended purpose of the act is to “better prepare individuals going into marriage to fulfill their new roles as spouse and potentially as parent, to furthermore protect children given that marriage is the foundation of a family unit.”

The group will need to gather 86,000 signatures by Aug. 4 to get the initiative on the ballot.


“This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard,” third-time wife Alyx Reese-Giles told the Denver Post. “The government has no business deciding what education people should or should not get before entering into marriage. Marriage is about communication and being ready to commit, and no class is going to teach you that.”