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I now pronounce you spouse and spouse

The Governor of California.
Photo by Jason Merritt

I’m sorry, it just doesn’t carry the romance of saying, “I now pronounce you husband and wife,” but if you carry California’s law to its next logical step, this could well be the case in our near future.

You may say it’s a little bit over the top, and yes it is, for now, but once again the language police, the proponents of political correctness, assault us through the institution of marriage. They have begun in California with a new law that Governor Jerry Brown just signed.

The new law redefines marriage and mandates the use of the terms “husband” and “wife” in family code be replaced with “spouse.” Introduced by Democrat Mark Leno from San Francisco, SB 1306 deals with all aspects of marriage including redefining it as a civil contract between two consenting adults. The law goes on to address other concerns of “married” couples, whether heterosexual or homosexual from property ownership, to child custody, to divorce and spousal support.

As of now, the law does not threaten penalties for the uses of the terms husband or wife, but I wonder what stands in their way of amending the law to do so. While heterosexual couples refer to each other as husband and wife, I know homosexual couples who do the same. Don’t get comfortable thinking the left will never pass such a law. We never thought same-sex marriage would be made legal in California when voters passed Proposition 8 banning it. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals knew better than the voters and declared Prop 8 unconstitutional, then the Supreme Court refused to overturn the ruling.

So if the California legislature can ban the use of these terms, I wonder what other words will so offend them they will feel compelled to take some action. I wonder what other state legislatures will decide they need to purge other words from their legal code. Then from the courtroom, to the courthouse square, we will converse with friends and neighbors, all the while editing our vocabulary, fearful we might use a tabu term that will cost us some bucks or time in jail.

Again, while the left accuses their more conservative brothers and sisters of intolerance, they are the first to demonstrate their own and try to punish those with a difference of opinion. Lord preserve us all from those who decide they know better than the rest of us what we need and want.