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September 3rd, 2007, 22:00
Why should the state determine a religious institution? I don't think that the state should have any right but to acknowledge a civil contract between two people to do various things, raise children, share medical expenses and similar things. The justice of the peace thing and the ships captain bit are ludicrous.

I think the actual religious aspect of marriage should be made separate from the state, and should be done through churches and other houses of worship. The requirements for religious recognition would be based on the rules of the particular church a couple belonged to. Being married should be a licensed process but should be in addition to civil union.

The state is not a religious institution unless it is a theocracy.
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