Read part of it last night.
After reading and laying in bed thinking, I came to a realization, thanks to Mr.
Her comment "Render under to Ceasar that which is Ceasar's" struck me pretty hard. With Mr.
The very few folks who have a promise from me to do their weddings and sign their license, no worries. Maggie & Will,
"Do what you say and say what you do."
Otherwise, effective immediately, I am not longer signing marriage licenses.
Years ago when I received my first ordination, I was so excited that I actively looked for someone to marry. Found some. Over the years, and a second ordination later from a different church, more people came and asked me to sign their papers. I have a third
At the same time, I still held to the belief that government has no business in marriage.
Taxes are still paid. Bills are still incurred. Disagreements still happen. Separations still occur.
I understand that a marriage license brings with it certain government protections. I object to this as well. A family does not need a piece of paper from the government to guarantee government action or inaction. What is available to one, should be available to all. Requiring a "license" is a government attempt to control the private lives of people.
Someone is going to say "but the children need protections."
As far as I know, no official religious text in the world requires government permission for adults to marry. May be one which does. If so, please let me know in the comments below.
Adults do not need government's permission to live together, to love, to share resources, to raise children, grow old and, well, be married. The only permission they need is from each other. Some religions may require a blessing by a member of the clergy. Certainly some people WANT a blessing by clergy. That is still different than government permission...