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Bowser  ·  1877 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, overturning the Sixth Circuit Court.

I assume you are referring to marriage as the sort dealt with by a church.

The government's not touch that. This just says that states cannot prevent two individuals from going to their County Clerk and getting a marriage certificate, which among other things establishes joint taxes, and next of kin.





harebrainedscheme  ·  1877 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I realize that. My point is that the entire concept of the government being involved in marriage is kind of bizzare. Why do you need to ask the government who you can sleep with, who you visit in the hospital, and who gets custody of your children if you die? I think two people, regardless of gender, should be able to sign a contract between the two that states rights, money, love, sex, children,etc and the state can enforce the contract...

Bowser  ·  1877 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Well, the marriage certificate is that contract. We saw what happened when the states were given room to oversee that contract.

I cannot think of an instance where the government itself (not an agent of the government such as a clerk) has denied such a contract/license. As such, I do not consider it as "asking", especially as marriage licenses are pretty much always issued at the time they are requested, as the only prerequisite is that both (soon to be) spouses consent.