Longer waiting period for marriage voted down

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House has voted down a proposal that would give couples who attend pre-marital counseling a discount on their marriage license.Republican Rep. Dixon Pitcher of Ogden, who is sponsoring the bill, says it would have offered incentives if couples complete approved counseling on topics including conflict management, debt and honesty.Pitcher’s bill also proposes a three-day waiting period between the time people apply for a marriage license and the wedding. He tells ABC 4 (http://bit.ly/zG3KbA ) the buffer period would force couples to think about their marriage rather than making the decision on the spur of the moment.The House voted against moving the bill forward 59-11 Monday and with only three days left in the session it is unlikely to pass.

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