Originally Posted by Matthanuf06
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.
1 No I don't carry my contract aruund now, because when I tell people I am married to my wife, they understand what I mean. In your hypothetical that would not be the case.
2 What is the point of this effort to confuse what is now simple and basic to not only the legality but the cultural meaning of this societal building block? It is derived and promoted by those who would rather destroy the institution than allow it to be sullied in their imagination by gay people, not because they are broad minded proponents of tolerance.
3 Marriage existed long before our government and if anything, it's "control" is diminished compared to our past. Whatever "tentacles" you sense are in your own mind, and no doubt your descriptive term indicates your hostility to what all societies demand - a framework for understanding the members of society and their familial relationships. This is not some new socialistic construct but an ancient part of every society from simple tribes to modern empires and everything between.