The mexican government has two hours -one session- of premarital counseling, which involves you and a hundred other couples listening to a mousy woman tell you the 16 reasond you can use legally for divorce, and explaining each one.
One of them being: If within the first two months of marriage you decide this is not what you expected, you can get a divorce withing days and you are deemed to never have been married at all.
So how's that for government counseling?
That's not bad, actually. I have no problem with the government requiring couples to understand the laws on the books as they relate to marriage before they get married (which sounds like what you are describing). Seems similar to getting a list of rules of the road before you get your driver's license.
But if the government sat drivers down and told them what kind of cars to buy or what color cars were legal in certain states, what brand of gas to buy, or what bumper stickers could go on their cars, there'd probably be a lot of uproar from businesses and citizen advocacy groups alike.
It's the area of psychological counseling or therapy where I wouldn't want the government involved. If the government gave out tips for a happy marriage, I'd be afraid of religious influences on that advice.
I am glad I am not the only one totally frightened by the religious right's influence on our personal rights. It is completely disgusting to me. Hipocracy at its highest! Not to get all religious here, their actions certainly don't seem very "Christian"... which I always thought meant being good to others, showing kindness and acceptance. I mean, I feel that a WHOLE group of people are losing their voice here. How are we letting this very conservative group of people not only dictate WHO can marry but what KIND of marriage counseling goes on and what kinds of marriages are allowed? It's beyond me. This is the United States and I feel that I'm living in the 13th century!!