A bad piece of Colorado public policy is making its way through the 2009 state legislature.
Senate bill 68 would impose a $20 tax on new marriage licenses in Colorado, to fund domestic violence programs.
This is a bad idea on a couple of fronts. First, marriage is an antidote to domestic violence. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) notes that the vast majority of violent domestic incidents are among live-in boyfriends and girlfriends. When couples marry, they make an emotional and physical investment for the long-term, reducing the risk of domestic violence. This hedge is not present in cohabiting relationships. And, the DV (domestic violence) factor increase exponentially if children are included into the cohabitation mix. Imposing this type of tax sends a subtle and false message: if folks didn't marry domestic violence would end.
RMFC supports DV programs. But taxing the societal entity that bulwarks against this behavior is the wrong policy road to travel down. Engaged couples don't need additional tax burdens imposed by the state. Instead, we need to encourage more couples to take the right step by marrying.
Perhaps a tax break to marry would be a better idea.
Everyone wins in this equation.
Let the sponsor of this bill, State Senator John Morse know your views at 303-866-6363.