LAWS AND ORDINANCES Besides spiritual laws requiring daily prayer and an annual period of fasting, the Baha'i Faith has social laws. It prescribes monogamy and upholds the importance of chastity. Marriage is conditional upon the consent of both parties and their parents. Divorce is discouraged in the Baha'i community and Baha'i law requires a year of trial separation, after which, if differences cannot be resolved, divorce is permissible. Baha'i law also prohibits the use of alcoholic drinks and narcotics. The Baha'i Faith is not aligned with any government or political party. While they may accept non-partisan government posts and appointments, Baha'is may not be members of any political faction or ideology. Baha'is, both individually and collectively, are enjoined to obey the laws of their respective states and the authority of the legally constituted governments under which they live. Without regard for political affiliation, Baha'is may vote in general elections and participate in the ordinary civic life of their community. The institutions and programs of the Baha'i Faith are supported exclusively by voluntary contributions from its own members.