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Marriage Best Left to Churches

claudia51 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 10:00 AM
Thank you. I've been saying this too. by what right does the state perform "marriage" which was a rite of the church. Everyone wants the two separate and that's a good place to start....all couples get only a civil union from the state and have to go to a church for the sacrament of "marriage".
Beethovens10th Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 10:36 AM
Then no one can recognize marriage, therefore, no one can recognize divorce.

A man deserts his wife and children. Who officiates this situation? Who holds the man responsible to the vows he made? No one, if your idea of marriage is implemented. The man and the woman with whom he had children were just "friends" after all.
Earl29 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 10:52 AM
The government enforces contracts. While the government must not determine terms of cohabitation, it can act as a means of recompense when a contract is violated. The injured party can sue.
Beethovens10th Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 11:38 AM
Who is injured when a man walks away? What "contract?" That is a legal term, and doesn't apply to church-only marriages.

The current conundrum regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage is what happens when church and state are mixed -- the topics become confusing and confused.

When I married my husband almost 15 years ago, I did so out of love and out of a desire to witness before God my commitment to him and his to me. The legal and tax ramifications did not enter into my head.

But for couples of the same sex, the legal and tax ramifications can be very important because their legal rights differ from those of heterosexual couples in a number of ways,...