The Instigator
TommyB12
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The Contender
ailishm99
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Government Should not Issue Marriage Licenses or Regulate Marriage in any way

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TommyB12
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/10/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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TommyB12

Pro

My claim is that government at any level should not issue marriage licenses or regulate marriage contracts in any fashion.

Round 1 Acceptance only
Round 2 Opening Statements
Round 3 General argument/Case
Round 4 Rebuttals
Round 5 Closing Argument

Hope for a good debate!
ailishm99

Con

I accept your challenge.
Debate Round No. 1
TommyB12

Pro

Throughout history governments have been involved in the contract of marriage. In the early 1200s marriage was a matter for the church to regulate and starting in the 16th century European governments became involved.(1) Original concepts of marriage regulation revolved around health reasons and the prevention of interracial marriages. Other reasons for government marriages include, the need to distribute or maintain and possibly regulate government benefits. In this forum, I intend to show that government regulation of marriage is unnecessary and that the reasons for such are antiquated or can be reorganized. I will also argue that marriage should not be controlled by government, as it places undue limits on freedom of contract, freedom of association, and freedom of religious practice. I would expect my opponent would not disagree that freedom of contract, association, and religion are good things but if so, we can discuss that.

Definitions:

Marriage: by marriage I mean socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.

Freedom of association: The freedom of a person or group of people to choose whom one wishes to converse, or associate with in business or personal relationships.

Freedom of religion: The right of a person or group of people to practice any type of religious practice that they choose without violating the non-aggression principle.

(1) http://vigilance.teachthefacts.org...
ailishm99

Con

I thought you meant something different I agree with you
Debate Round No. 2
TommyB12

Pro

I have changed my opponent's mind or my con misunderstood the topic. Since con agrees with me I should be declared the winner. Unless con makes an argument against my position there is no need to participate in the next rounds.
ailishm99

Con

ailishm99 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
TommyB12

Pro

Con has conceded vote pro
ailishm99

Con

ailishm99 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
TommyB12

Pro

Vote pro...forfeit
ailishm99

Con

ailishm99 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by TommyB12 2 years ago
TommyB12
Government should not be involved. Religious marriages and sacraments or civil contracts between individuals or groups of individuals for living arraignments, child care etc... would still exist
Posted by cottrill 2 years ago
cottrill
I'm somewhat interested in this topic, but I think more clarification is needed. By saying that government should not issue or regulate these licenses, are you suggesting that someone else should, or is this argument that marriage licenses should be abolished?
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