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ren_flora raised an interesting point or two in my previous post about marriage.

(1) Is marriage a religious or secular institution, or both? I believe it is both. Rather, I believe there are both religious and secular (civil) marriages.

(2) In so far as marriage is a religious institution, does the State have any place requiring religious organizations to perform marriage according to State mandates? I believe it does not.

The State can say that (secular) marriage licenses must be granted to any pair of consenting adults such that no such license will be granted to an individual already in possession of a valid license, regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. etc. etc. However, it cannot require that your friend the clergyman perform the ceremony. Neither can it prohibit a Church from recognizing polygamous marriage, marriage between an adult and a minor, etc, though it does not have to recognize every marriage recognized by a Church.

If you want to be married in the eyes of the State, you must meet the State's requirements and no others.  Meeting other requirements is fine, but not mandatory.

If you want to be married in the eyes of God, you must meet God's requirements and no others.  Meeting other requirements is fine, but not mandatory.

It is perfectly valid to be married in the eyes of one but not the other.


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tetsutora
Oct. 22nd, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
i often think about this, and can't help but sympathise. i'm a straight guy, and i can barely consider marriage on my own, it terrifies me the responsibility and the like. to have to take all that, plus the legal difficulties of the state into account for same sex marriage... i can't imagine the annoyance.

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wolffit
Oct. 22nd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
That's all you can say? :-P *beeps your nose*
rambhai
Oct. 31st, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
I found this question to be an interesting one and i too have those kind within my mind. But after reading the 2 States Book by Chetan Bhagat i got my doubts cleared. For example, this book delivers a message of fraternity to all. Marriage is beyond all religious beliefs.
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