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Posted by on May 2, 2009 in Politics | 9 comments

Texas Governor Perry says “Choose Wife!”

In a ground-breaking move Thursday, the Texas Senate passed a bill approving new license plates that read “Choose Wife” — thus allowing Texans to publicly display their concern for high divorce rates in the state.

The bill now moves to the House. If it passes there, concerned Texans will be able to order the metallic bumper stickers plates as soon as this fall. Like all vanity plates, they will cost more than the dry, boring, non-politicized plates, but ten percent of the higher cost will go toward Texans massive unpaid child support payments — a goal we can all agree on.

A related bill supporting this laudable effort also passed the Senate. If it, too, clears the House, Texas divorce court judges will be required to offer men digitally-enhanced aging projections of their girlfriends. (This is a watered down version of the original, which would have required men to face the future unflinchingly. The approved bill leaves men the option of declining.)

Supporters cheered this as the first step toward reducing divorce in the Lone Star State, noting that most men have no idea that 23-year-olds eventually get wrinkles.

A statement released by a spokesperson for Texas Cultural Non-Dividers praised the legislation as “the first step in addressing the real problems facing Texas children”, and thanked both the Governor and non-ideological Texas senators for leaving the Culture Wars outside politics, where they belong.

Indeed.

I’m so grateful Texas is led by non-grandstanding politicians who are willing to check their dogma at the door, and feel no need to feed red meat to a perpetually ravenous base. Because if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that government has no place in the personal choices of Texans.

(h/t to an anonymous Houston Chronicle commenter for this post’s title).

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