With Pat Robertson looking on, Mitt Romney solemnly tells an audience at Regent University that France has instituted seven-year marriage contracts.
No, I’m not making this up. But yes, Orson Scott Card made up the seven-year marriage contracts, without attributing them to France.
Footnote As embarrassed as Romney should be, the Washington Post should be more embarrassed. Doesn’t saying something checkably — and hilariously — false count as gaffe? And shouldn’t Romney now be asked to explain his remark? If the Post won’t do it, everyone else should.
Wait! It gets better! Romney’s people are apparently putting the word out that he was referring to the pacte civil de solidarité , a form of civil union open to same-sex and opposite-sex couples alike under a law passed in 1999. But a PCS isn’t a marriage. Indeed, one of the events that terminates a PCS is the marriage of either party. And it doesn’t end after seven years.
So when Romney said that, in France, “marriage is now frequently contracted in seven-year terms where either party may move on when their term is up,” he meant that France allows non-marital, non-term-limited, civil unions.
I hope that’s clear.