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  •  Whatever you want to claim. (0+ / 0-)

    My status as clergy is why I CAN perform the marriage, and have it recognized by the state.   The clerks know very well, I suspect, that issuing a license to do something, and proceeding to step two (actually using that license) are not the same thing.  

    Licenses are issued only by the state and allow an action to happen as described on the license.  If the action doesn't happen, the license eventually expires.  Do you claim that if the state issues a fishing license, the state must also fish for you?   If the state issues a hunting license, they must bag the deer on your behalf?   If they issue a barber's license, they must also cut your hair?  

    The marriage license issued by the state is a legal opportunity for a marriage to happen within the dates listed on the license, not the marriage itself (civil or religious).  The state promises to record that event when legal papers prove it has happened.  In my state they have 60 days to complete that action.   A license and a marriage are two different things.

    You can hate on religion all you want, but it does not make a license and the action of marriage the same thing, any more than a driver's license and actually driving are.   One is necessary for the other, but the fact that the state allows you to drive with a license does not mean you pay them wages to drive you.

    "Because inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened." -Terry Pratchett

    by revsue on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:24:58 PM PST

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    •  Ummmm.....mayors, justices of the peace, etc, (0+ / 0-)

      all perform exactly the same function as you do as an official witness for the state.    That means your status as clergy is completely irrelevant to the function, even if the state by convention typically authorizes clergy to perform that task (along with many others).    Frankly, you should know this better than you apparently do.

      You can hate on religion all you want, but it does not make a license and the action of marriage the same thing, any more than a driver's license and actually driving are.
      A license is the authorization to enter the legal contract, the act of marriage is the formalization of that contract.   Mortgages and bank loans have a very similar procedure.

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