- OKLAHOMA LAWMAKER RENEWS PUSH FOR "COVENANT MARRIAGE"
Feb 20, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY An Oklahoma lawmaker hopes his colleagues can be
persuaded to adopt a measure that Arkansas did in 2001, giving
people the option of entering into a "covenant marriage" that is
more difficult to get out of.
State Representative John Wright of Broken Arrow says he hopes to
reduce the state's high divorce rate with his proposal.
The voluntary form of marriage proposed by Wright would ban
incompatibility as grounds for divorce, and require a couple to
attend marriage counseling at least 15 days before their wedding.
Wright said the new marriage option would lead to a higher level of
commitment between partners -- and fewer divorces. He said couples
would choose a covenant marriage as a way to hold themselves up to
a higher standard of working through problems without considering
The Oklahoma House approved the measure today on a 93-to-7 vote and
sent it to the Senate, where similar covenant marriage bills have
died in the past.
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