Indiana Lawmakers Debate Marriage License Bill

by Rick Howlett on February 9, 2011

An Indiana House committee Wednesday discussed but took no action on a proposal that would quadruple the cost of marriage licenses and certificates for couples unless they complete marriage preparation classes.

Republican bill sponsor Rep. Cindy Noe (pictured) says it’s intended to give Hoosier couples the tools they need
for a strong marriage. Under the bill, those who complete premarital classes would pay the standard $18 fee for a marriage license and certificate. Couples who don’t take the course would pay $72.

Noe chairs the House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs, which is considering the measure.

Fellow committee member and Democrat Vanessa Summers asked Noe whether the proposal might be heavy-handed.

“For someone that doesn’t believe in government intrusion, don’t you think this is government intrusion into the lives of people?” she said.

Noe argued that the government already steps into people’s lives in other ways.

“We just passed a ‘don’t text while you’re driving’ kind of thing. That’s government intrusion, because there’s a cost to pay,” she said.

The bill could come up for a committee vote next week.

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bill February 10, 2011 at 9:21 am

i love how republicans claim they want to keep government out people’s lives, but the seem to find more and more ways of doing just that.

steve February 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

They say they want to preserve the “sanctity” of marriage. What sanctity? The last time I checked; divorce rates were around 50/50. May be worse now. When you look at the reasons why people got divorced it gets worse. Top 3 reasons: 1. Abuse 2. Infedelity 3. Other lies and conflicts of interest. Tell me how gay people are going to taint the “sanctity” of marriage again? Yeah, just more excuses to oppress people into believing what they believe. One day, people who think like most Republicans do, will be a minority in our society. They better hope we are more civil to them that they are to others; i.e. Veterans, Gays & Lesbians, Children, Educators, Elderly, The Poor. Republicans are isolating themselves with their actions. If you side with those that harm the groups above, in any way, you should be ashamed. You were a child, some of you are Veterans, some are Educators, if you are not and Elder; you will be, and hopefully you never become poor; but, some of you will. Put yourselves in those shoes and walk a while.

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