Should the government have a right to define marriage?

  • The government does have a right to define marriage, because someone needs to make sure that things are performed legally.

    Someone needs to have some sort of control over marriage. Without control, it would just be complete chaos. There would be no one to control who performs it, who someone can marry, or how many. Since the government is in charge of laws, they should therefore be the ones making the laws for marriage.

    Posted by: eyeslikethat
  • America has lasted hundreds of years without having gays being married to each other.

    What will this country come to if we just start making laws to satisfy every little whining complaint? Gays only want to be married so they can get the benefits that the government provides for married couples. We should just say marriage is between one man and one woman to preserve our nation.

  • Yes, any society needs to be able to define its own foundational institutions.

    Marriage is a basic building block of society, a social structure that nearly every society has given certain advantages to, because it creates stability and brings new citizens into the world. All societies create ways of running themselves, and they're called governments. And, governments, in turn, publicly state, monitor and promote the way that society understands itself. Without shared understandings and goals, a society falls apart. So, yes, a society, as expressed in its government, has the right to say what marriage or any other social institution means, in that society.

    Posted by: R3yGoobIe
  • Because marriage is a legal term, including legal benefits, the government absolutely has the right to define marriage.

    Marriage, as an institution, has always had some sort of binding contract and legal definition, whether secular or religious in nature. The act of marriage binds together two people, with their property. It involves, in the United States, at least, a variety of benefits and privileges. If this does not have a definition set by the government, people can take advantage of the benefits afforded married couples.

    Posted by: ProfuseStan42
  • I support the right of the government to define marriage, which is a legal relationship.

    Marriage is ultimately a legal relationship. The government has ability to define and to regulate legal relationships. This is not intended as commentary on what the appropriate definition of marriage is or what the best regulations would be, only to observe that the government has rights in this area.

    Posted by: dangorious
  • Yes, if government is to treat married people differently than it treats non-married people, it must first articulate the basis upon which the distinction is drawn.

    This seems elementary. One could just as easily ask, "Should the government have the ability to define the term 'unemployed' for the purpose of determining eligibility for unemployment benefits?" Of course it should-- what's the alternative? Each individual defining it in his/her own way, declaring that he/she qualifies, and then stepping up to claim the benefits? Silly, right? The specific WAY in which government defines marriage is an entirely separate question than the one posed here. Between a man & a woman? Between two humans? Between up to five humans? The definition itself is clearly the subject of much debate, but if as a society we deem it advantageous for the government to treat married people differently than unmarried people, articulating an objective basis for such discrimination seems a valid and necessary role for government to play. Of course, that leads us to the question of whether government should even recognize marriage at all...

  • Only government can define marriage if government writes laws around the concept.

    It seems only obvious that if our tax laws are established around the marital union then government must establish a definition for that union. Marriage has traditionally been known as the union between man and woman and it always should only refer to that sort of a union.

    If there needs to be a new definition to define the relationship between same sex partners then let the government define that sort of union, but it will NOT be marriage. Call it WIDGET, so now that when you file your tax return, you would choose Single, Divorced, Married or Widget.

    Widget unions can enjoy the same benefits of couples in marriage, and where they do not, legal action can be targeted at the discrepancies as necessary.

    Posted by: OmeroAnnon
  • The government should have the right to define marriage because many laws and governmental regulations vary according to whether the subject individual is married.

    The government should have the right to define marriage because many laws and governmental regulations, such as the tax code, vary according to whether or not the subject individual is married. If the government had no right to define marriage, then it would be effectively ceding the definition and enforcement of its laws and regulations to non-governmental groups instead of to people elected by the voters and subject to the Constitution as interpreted by the U.S. judicial system.

    Posted by: R0xHart
  • The government should certainly have the power to define marriage since marriage is a legally binding contract and the government maintains records of marriages.

    It is my belief that the government definitely has the right to define marriage. Marriage is a legal union and the government issues certificates for such unions which are legal documents. If the government does not have any authority over who gets married, it takes away the whole purpose of having a legal and binding contract between two individuals who wish to be married. Marriage comes with certain responsibilities and if the government does not have some control over this, why have marriage at all?

    Posted by: R0d0Ferdy
  • If the government doesn't define what marriage is, every person can have their own definition and that could seriously mess up society.

    I think if everyone starts being liberal and let's anyone who is in love get married, our society would regret it. Young teens and older people could get married. Relatives could get married. I don't think just because you love someone, you have to marry them. There are many cousins who would be married if they could and that could be dangerous. Young people under the age of 18 always think they are in love and unless the government keeps some rules many people could ruin their lives.

    Posted by: Tr0yKentros
  • Bible defines marriage

    Marriage is defined in the bible and is therefore not open for redefinition. The basic tenet is one man and one woman joined together. This does not mean that individuals in same sex relationships should have different or reduced human rights, just that their relationship is not a marriage. Civil partnerships should afford those rights rather than calling such arrangements a marriage.

  • No we can marry who we want

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  • Government does not define marriage, society does.

    Now, if your real question is whether or not marriage should be regulated by the government, then I say yes. Marriage regulation protects children and preserves their rights of inheritance. I suspect in a few more decades a marriage contract will become passé or perhaps evolve into some other kind of contract. However, until then the best way to prevent children from into poverty and preventing people from walking away from their obligations is regulation.

  • It is not up to the government

    Marriage is a religious tradition that is not the government's business. People have the right to do what they want behind closed doors. But those things need to stay behind closed doors, because that is just how it should work. The government getting involved with marriage is a religious intrusion, because marriage is the church's thing, and church and state are separated.
    As I said, who one wants to marry is up to the people who are getting married, and it is NOT the government's say in the manner.

  • Origin of Marriage

    Marriage was not created by the government, every claim of the start of marriage goes to a religion, not a government. As such, due to separation of church and state the government has no right to tell a church of any denomination how they can define their idea of marriage. In addition no major religion endorses or permits same sex marriage. The government has the right to define a civil union but they have no right to define marriage.

  • Should they? No.

    However, as long as any civil rights, tax, property, benefits, or otherwise, are attached to the status of being married, the government has a role to ensure such benefits are equally available to all, regardless of sexual orientation. Unfortunately the government has it's fingers in this pot and now needs to define marriage to be inclusive. It seems very few were concerned when such benefits were attached to marriage when we were allowed to define marriage exclusively. It seems the real problem is that any rights whatsoever are attached to what has historically been a religious ordinance.

    I am not certain, but pretty sure marriages were performed by churches, without state involvement, first and for many years. But once the government got involved (not sure how or why) and attached certain legal status to marriage, the die was cast, and today's ruling was inevitable. The government should not define what is a religious institution, but now, I'm afraid, they must.

  • Absolutely not, ever!

    The government did not create the institution of marriage - God did. For some reason, however, the government stepped in and began regulating it. Why? The government should not be able to define what has already been defined. Homosexuals can call it whatever they want but it is not "marriage!"

  • Government has contractual law, Marriage is a religious matter

    God instituted marriage, agreement between a man and a woman, no third party was needed no contract to sign. God never gave government the control of marriage, government and the church took it, and then they turned it into this mess of laws we now have. You can be married by the government and not have a relationship, you can have a relationship and commitment between a man and woman without government and by Gods law you are married.
    The divine right of government has stopped. Government has made marriage more than God intended it to be, and government has turned it into a power that they were never meant to have.

  • Everyone has the right to choose who they love

    It doesn't matter what people think of you. You are the one controlling your heart. You are the one to make choose what is right or wrong. No one can make your choices for you because they aren't the one controlling you. Take a stand in what you believe in. Don't listen to what others say about what you believe in. Hatred, love, trust, and loyalty is what you believe in so make yourself stand out don't blend in with the crowd and lie to yourself.

  • The government doesn't define words.

    The government doesn't have the power to define words. Our elected representatives do not have the power to issue an edict mandating that a word has a new definition. If they could redefine words, they would do it all the time. Can they change the definition of lesbian so men can be lesbians? No. They can't redefine marriage either.

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