Thursday, January 18, 2018

Go Ahead, Alabama

It looks like Alabama has gotten out of the marriage license  business.
The Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday to eliminate marriage licenses and allow probate judges to accept affidavits from couples as official records of marriage.
The requirement of a ceremony would be eliminated.
I've often wondered why the state was in the marriage license business at all.  Some say that it is a holdover from the Jim Crow laws, wherein people had to get the state's permission to marry.    In my own non-politically correct mind, I've always believed that marriage is a sacred contract between one man and one woman, testified to before a congregation, and blessed by God.  The state truly need not be involved.  But, that's just me.

Some folks believe that marriage can be something else, and in today's modern age, that is legally acceptable.So be it.  Still, I applaud Alabama's courage in expanding freedom.

2 comments: said...

Except for taxation, I fail to see why the government has any interest in marriage.

Anonymous said...

Well Kamas, wait until you try to split up the estate after a death. That's the reason for the government "intrusion". You ever try to wade through the twists and turns of a modern day male, with their numerous relationships and spawn? All clamoring for a piece of the pie?
The government is the rules maker for the effect after a persons death.