In an April 26 Twitter post about the legislation, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso said it is “absurd” that “the greatest commitment that two human beings can make with one another is treated with less seriousness than the contract we sign for a car.”
“If only people would learn to fight for their marriage instead of fighting each other,” he said.
CNA sought further comment from Bishop Seitz but did not receive a response by deadline.
The bill was proposed by State Rep. Matt Krause, a Fort Worth Republican. He has proposed similar bills in previous sessions of the legislature. Texas currently has a 60-day waiting period for divorce.
In 2017, Krause proposed a six-month waiting period on no-fault divorce. In a separate bill, he proposed to end no-fault divorce, citing the need to provide support for a spouse unwilling to divorce.
“There needs to be some type of due process. There needs to be some kind of mechanism to where that other spouse has a defense,” Krause told the Austin-based NBC affiliate KXAN News in 2017.
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“I think people have seen the negative effects of divorce and the breakdown of the family for a long time,” he added, saying he thought his bill would help reverse the trend.
In January 2017, a spokesperson for the Texas Catholic conference spoke to CNA about the effects of divorce law.
“No-fault divorce laws typically ease the divorce process, rather than encouraging spouses to seek spiritual guidance or professional counseling to enrich their marriage,” the spokesperson said.