SALT LAKE CITY -- A voluntary program of premarital counseling, sponsored by Rep. Dixon Pitcher, R-Ogden, failed to gain the necessary support in the House on Monday for further consideration.
The bill, HB 132, was defeated 42-31 in the House.
Pitcher said the counseling would have dealt with a bevy of issues, including handling in-laws, debt and fidelity. He said counseling would give couples the tools they need to succeed in marriage.
The bill would have reduced the marriage license fee for a couple who underwent premarital counseling and would have created a three-day waiting period before a license could be used.
The measure was defeated with almost no public discussion.