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  • Marriage should stay a Legal Institution

    Yes, I think that marriage should definitely be a legal institution. It has been and should stay this way. Agreeing to marry someone should be a legal binding contract that shouldn't be so easy to get out of. Maybe if people take a class before getting married, this wouldn't happen.

  • Marriage

    Yes, I think that marriage should definitely be a legal institution. It has been and should stay this way. Agreeing to marry someone should be a legal binding contract that shouldn't be so easy to get out of. Maybe if people take a class before getting married, this wouldn't happen.

  • Yes, as long as it is separate from the church.

    There are certain legal rights that people deserve when they enter into a marriage partnership, and those should be preserved by the state as civil rights that are completely different from any religious ceremony or ritual. People should be able to register a marriage partnership like any other contract as long as it does not abridge anyone's rights unfairly.

  • Between us and God

    Marraige has been and should be a religious unstitution. When you bring the government into it, you violate the separation of church and state and end up offending everyone through the definition of marriage. The entire idea that marraige is a legal issue is fairly recent and it's easily reversable.

  • Marriage not for Government to decide

    Marriage is an institution defined by one's religion. If your religion permits marriage to the person(s) of your choosing, then that's how your relationship to them is defined -- not by law. Government only became involved in marriage for purposes of collecting taxes, determining legal rights to assets, and rights/responsibilities to children. All of these things can and should be addressed legally outside the institution of marriage.

  • Separation of church and state

    Even if you believe marriage is a sacred bond between man and woman - or man and man, or man and 4 women, or whatever - there is no reason to have it on a federal level. Think about it.

    For one, marriage is traditionally a religious ceremony, and government should not be a religious authority figure. In America, only a man and woman can get married, which is obviously in accordance to Judea-Christian values. But there are all sorts of other religions out there that have different ideas of marriage, and unless anyone can get married to whoever or however many people they want, the current way of civil marriage then endorses the practices of a few particular religions.

    Besides that, there is little benefit to it. You have to pay more taxes being married together, legal processes are more complicated, divorce and issues such as child support and custody exist, etc. Since marriage is often seen as a religious practice, why isn't just going to a temple, church, mosque, synagogue, or any other religious site, and being official wed according to religious tradition and a religious leader good enough? Why get married "twice"? Why not get married in a religious place where issues like how you pay taxes or apply to jobs or fill out legal information will end up being (possibly) nonexistent?

    In my opinion, civil marriage is highly unnecessary and opposes the "separation of church and state" ideology. If there has to be a legal institution of marriage, it should allow anyone to "marry" anyone, possibly provide some sort of financial benefit, and have the ability to be discontinued without heaps of legal problems. Thus, civil marriage should be more of a financial and/or social legal partnership, without strings attached, between consenting peoples, rather than a religious-based union.

  • No Marriage Should Not Be a Legal Institution

    It's an archaic idea to have marriage as a legal institution and it unfairly punishes people who are not married. The rising rate of divorce disproves the idea that marriage stabilizes relationships in society. And the constant conflict over who should be allowed to be married wastes tax payers dollars. If government wants to set up civil unions, that's fine, but marriage should be kept to religion.


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