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  •  It really bothers me to see people (5+ / 0-)

    even supporting that notion.  Marriage arose under contract law as a conveyance for property rights and inheritance.  (Think early societies when only certain people, landed males, could hold title and pass on property to their descendants.)  It was a remedy for those with assets to make sure the assets were preserved, and even consolidated, within their family lines.  The feudal system flourished with this, as did monarchies, etc.

    Religious rites could be added later, the state of Holy Matrimony.  But marriage is a legal concept and thoroughly entwined all through our current codes as a result. A marriage license is required to be married and a magistrate is required to dissolve a marriage because it is precisely that, a legal contractual relationship, rather than some esoteric spiritual state.  It would be legal chaos to move to binary system of marriage and civil unions and expensive as all get out, so I choke when I hear those on the right urging it, despite their "stop spending" mentality.  

    Now, why should all that be torn asunder because somehow  certain religious individuals suddenly feel they have ownership over "marriage?"  And why would it be deemed rational to cede this long-established legal matter?  

    The only rational solution here, in the land of freedom and equality, is to recognize that marriage is a fundamental right, as said so clearly in Loving v. Virginia, and allow competent adults to enter into the contractual relationship of marriage with any competent adult he or she deems suitable.

    You are my brother, my sister.

    by RoCali on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 04:59:52 PM PDT

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    •  Exactly correct ... on all points. (0+ / 0-)

      The legal and cultural aspects of marriage have always trumped religious in our tradition ... until the zealots take over, of course.

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