In an effort to satirize Californians who voted to repeal gay marriage laws to "protect the sanctity of marriage," a Sacramento man has started a petition to outlaw divorce amongst heterosexual couples, the Associated Press (AP) reports.
John Marcotte, a 38-year-old married father of two, believes that if voters feel strongly enough about the conventional institution of marriage, then they should have no issue banning divorce.
"Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more," Marcotte said.
Jeffrey Taylor, a spokesman for Restore Equality 2010, a same-sex marriage advocacy group, said that his coalition supports Marcotte’s actions but will not join forces will him.
"We find it quite hilarious," Taylor said of the petition, quoted the news source.
Marcotte, a comedic website creator who has referred to himself as an "accidental activist," has seen numerous people sign the petition with a genuine interest in preserving marriage.
"It’s a worthwhile conversation to have," said Dan Couvrette, publisher of a divorce-themed magazine. "I don’t think it’s just a frivolous thought."
NBC.com reports that the petition will need approximately 700,000 more signatures by March 22 in order for it to be placed on the ballot.