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  •  Yes! Why are there legal effects from a religious (1+ / 0-)
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    ceremony or ritual?  Does anyone get any additional legal rights after being confirmed, or after a bar/bat mitzvah, or after having gone on hajj?  Does the tax code care if you're a divorced Catholic who can't remarry in the church, or if you're an Orthodox Jew who hasn't been able to obtain a get?

    The only legally-relevant issue should be whether a couple has registered a civil union with the appropriate government agency.  Anything else (like a religious ceremony) should be a private matter between you and your religion's dogma.

    Alas, I know that it's politically unlikely that the solution suggested by NCrissieB would ever be adopted ... but I believe it's the right answer to this problem.

    "Specialization is for insects." -- Heinlein

    by BachFan on Sun Nov 09, 2008 at 09:48:31 AM PST

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