If the newly-elected speaker of the House wants to get a divorce, he'll have a harder time doing so than most Americans.
That's because Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana , the fourth Republican to be nominated for the position since Kevin McCarthy's ouster three weeks ago, entered into what's known as a "covenant marriage" in 1999.
An evangelical Christian, Johnson is also a long-time opponent of same-sex marriage and has championed a bill similar to Florida's Parental Rights in Education Law — known to critics as "Don't Say Gay."
Under Louisiana state law, couples sign a document in which they agree to seek marital counseling before getting a divvorce. Additionally, couples can only get divorced on a limited set of grounds, including for adultery, if one partner committed a felony or faces imprisonment, or physical or sexual abuse.
In other words, it's not a no-fault divorce, in which couples can easily dissolve their marriage for ...