There has been a lot of discussion about seeking the state to grant PM the right to marry with the state license or with state recognition.
This article by a history scholar I think is helpful to the discussion. The idea of making marriage a state issue is a new idea with very little historical support. Maybe we should stop trying to support the state view and take the private view. Instead of trying to pressure legislators in the state or in Federal Congress to recognize PM as a marriage there seems to be a better way of approaching this subject. If all unions were contractually based then the families and religious groups could define them however they see fit and the state could simply look at unions as either business or personal contracts without getting into the definition of what is or is not a holy union before God, something the state here in America does not need to do since that is a religious issue where the state must remain neutral.
I think there is a much safer approach and one that can be won because it does not pit one group against another, and thus it is easier to gain support for this approach.
November 26, 2007
Op-Ed ContributorTaking Marriage Private By STEPHANIE COONTZ
WHY do people — gay or straight — need the state’s permission to marry? For most of Western history, they didn’t, because marriage was a private contract between two families. The parents’ agreement to the match, not the approval of church or state, was what confirmed its validity.
For 16 centuries, Christianity also defined the validity of a marriage on the basis of a couple’s wishes. If two people claimed they had exchanged marital vows — even out alone by the haystack — the Catholic Church accepted that they were validly married.
In 1215, the church decreed that a “licit” marriage must take place in church. But people who married illictly had the same rights and obligations as a couple married in church: their children were legitimate; the wife had the…
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