Senators Debate Marriage Reform Package

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The Michigan Senate has adopted the first of a twelve bill package that the sponsors contend will reduce the divorce rate, but opponents claim it’s an overreach by government in the lives of private citizens.

The first bill suggests that couples get pre-marriage counseling before getting married. If they do, a state marriage license is available within three days. If they don't, they must wait 28 days.

This is "common sense" argues Sen. Alan Cropsey, one of the sponsors. He contends anything the government can do to save families should be tried. But Sen. Liz Brater wants government to stay out all private lives, and there are hints the governor might veto portions of the package for the same reason.