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Legislative Year Could Be Dominated by Marriage Bills

Legislative Year Could Be Dominated by Marriage Bills

Posted - Dec. 21, 2004 at 7:22 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The legislative session hasn't even started yet, but it looks like it's shaping up to be the year of the marriage bill.

For example, state Representative Peggy Wallace says she will introduce legislation that would eliminate most NO-fault divorces in Utah.

She says most divorces should involve a bit of shame.

Corinne Republican Representative Ben Ferry also has drafted a bill requiring couples to go into mediation after initial divorce papers are filed.

Ferry says it would save court costs, limit hostility and perhaps lead some couples to reconcile.

And last week, state Senator Greg Bell says he drafted a bill that would allow some unmarried adults who live together but can't marry in Utah to sign a contract giving them some rights marriage provides.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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