Give potential spouses the option for a background check prior to marriage license

Give potential spouses the option for a background check prior to marriage license

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Christina H started this petition to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Domestic violence has become prevalent in our culture and something has to be done to protect and deter any future inter relationship violence. I believe it is crucial during the time of obtaining a marriage license to give the option to both parties of a background check on their counterpart. If they are planning on spending their lives together, what more could be done to protect and promote wellness and safety? We all have skeletons in our closet, but one needing to be revived is violence. 

I have had the unfortunate reality of marrying someone I thought I knew. I believed all his stories until they began to change. It was when he could tell I knew there was something more to it, he became emotionally and physically abusive. Luckily, I left that environment and was able to seek emotional and legal help. When my attorney found it pressing to do a background check, I agreed. When the report returned, it showed a domestic violence charge from years earlier. If I had known that, I wouldn’t have married this person and could have saved myself a lot of pain. 

I truly believe some legislation such as this will help others see ones true colors without rose colored glasses on. With this, they will see truth. 

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