Let us peak into a crystal ball and envision Richmond, Va. in 2014. Gov. Ken Cuccinelli is in the governor’s mansion, the state’s GOP is even more firmly in power in both the House and the Senate.
The theocrats are doing high-fives in the House and Senate chambers. Del. Bob Marshall can’t believe his good fortune. He wonders if he’s living a dream.
Imagine what darling pieces of legislation might emerge from that scenario.
1. A resolution that declares the commonwealth of Virginia may adopt a state religion – never mind the First Amendment, which applies only to Congress (ha, ha!). Hint: It’s not going to be Sufism, or Unitarianism, or Judaism or even Catholicism.
2. A bill that would deny any parent from claiming college-student offspring as dependents on state income tax forms if said college student voted in a precinct other than where his or her parents live.
3. Another proposed law that sets a two-year-waiting period before a divorce can happen, with mandatory marriage counseling and divorce-education classes. And by the way, if the couple has a weak moment and hooks up during those two years, the clocks starts anew.
Before you say that all of this is so farfetched that it will NEVER happen — ha, ha, ha — click on the links above, and take a brief gander to the south, where it already has. North Carolina lawmakers have already proposed all of those laws, and even more. Not all of them have passed, of course. But few do, the first time out of the gate.
North Carolina was the state, after all, that already has legislated putting on blinders to rising sea levels along its coastline, which is its biggest tourism attraction. Republicans in the Old Dominion have already tried to follow suit on that one.