Originally Posted by Row6
What the government recognizes is the issue, not practices (In most states sodomy and other laws concerning sexual relations either no longer exist or are not enforced). Being married is a commonly accepted and understood arrangement between two adults which carries similarly commonly understood legal rights and responsibilities. Confusing this issue in ways which would require carrying your "contract" with you and having a lawyer sit in on transactions, in the interests of not offending a dwindling number of citizens - who are not so much motivated by broad minded acceptance of others life style choices, but conversely are intolerant of them - who wish to throw out the marriage baby with the bath water if they are no longer able to limit it as they wish is fortunately not going to happen, while including monogamous gays in that institution almost certainly will.
It can still be a common societal phrase, and you can still go through the hoopla. What marriage is from a government point of view is simply a standardized contract, that has a fancy title plus some other perks. And do you carry your contract around with you now? Why would you have to do it in a non-marriage-as-an-institution world? And it can still be standardized. No reason why a standard contract can't be found on legal zoom.
The government has reached it's tentacles far and wide. When that happens there are consequences. Tyranny of the majority.
I'm for removing the tentacles and protecting property rights and contracts.