2018 Bills

SB 54: Increasing the Marriage License Fee

This bill passed the Senate 23-4 and the House with a vote of 44-24.

Libertas Institute opposes this bill

Staff review of this legislation finds that it violates our principles and must therefore be opposed.

Senate Bill 54, sponsored by Senator Allen Christensen, allows counties to increase the cost of marriage licensure by $20. Applicants for a marriage license may have their $20 refunded if they both have taken several hours of “premarital counseling or education.”

Last year, a similar bill failed in the Senate on a split 14-14 vote.

Government should not be in the business of marriage. Absent that needed change, it should certainly not increase the hurdle one must jump over in order to obtain the state’s permission to marry. While pre-marital counseling can be helpful, it should not be used as extortion to reclaim one’s own money.

  • EverybodyGoDeep

    You can say that government should not be in the business of marriage, but it is the business of what happens when marriages and families fail. Maybe this prevention bill will help taxpayers avoid paying more down the road.

    • Boo. No. Not proper role of govt to license marriage much less counsel couples. They’re the worst people to get advice from. And most won’t go to the counseling. This is a cash grab. But by whom?

      • EverybodyGoDeep

        Sorry Thomas. The evil people behind this are community educators, pro-family professors, and others who support marriage and want it to succeed. They will continue to offer free classes to people in the community.

        • And who pays them? And by what force do they get the money?