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Civil Marriage: It Is Time for a Divorce

Oh, yes, it is:

In the 1500s, a pestering theologian instituted something called the Marriage Ordinance in Geneva, which made “state registration and church consecration” a dual requirement of matrimony.

We have yet to get over this mistake. But isn’t it about time we freed marriage from the state?

Imagine if government had no interest in the definition of marriage. Individuals could commit to each other, head to the local priest or rabbi or shaman — or no one at all — and enter into contractual agreements, call their blissful union whatever they felt it should be called and go about the business of their lives.

It isn’t the only mistake we need to get over coming out of Geneva, but it’s a biggie.  It’s time.


One Reply to “Civil Marriage: It Is Time for a Divorce”

  1. There would probably need to be some legal contractual arrangement. But this would be done by lawyers the way any contract is done. Getting the state out of the business of symbolically blessing sexual relationships would make life easier for conservatives. It is now obvious we can not stop the libertarian sexual revolution. It will run its course until every conceivable variety of consensual relationship is legally acceptable. It none of these things is legally called marriage conservatives will have a somewhat easier time accepting the inevitable.


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