Legal marriage in this country has always been about the "piece of paper". Otherwise, why would people bother to marry in the first place? Wouldn't they just shack up? Wouldn't they just go to a church and have a religious ceremony--not bother with getting a license? Even YOU got a marriage license and married your wife legally.KiMare wrote:
Many countries have no legal 'paper'.
Government involvement involves only limited 'benefits and protections'. Most benefits and protections are outside government control.
You make the ridiculous assertion that a piece of paper is the primary element of marriage. How romantic...
The bottom line is this;
A mutually sterile, duplicate gendered half of marriage has a piece of paper that claims they are the same as married couples.
You clearly don't have the romance thing down. We just got done discussing that.
However, that wasn't the issue. It was about the primary essence of marriage. You have dumbed it down to a contract. A piece of paper.'Benefits'.
As to new material, what I addressed wasn't 'material', it is unchangeable reality. You know that, that's why you want to avoid it.
There are about 120,000,000 married people in the U.S.(60,000,000 couples) http://www.numberof.net/number%C2%A0of%C2%A0m... . They obviously thought it was important to them to have that piece of paper.
Wonder why? I guess they didn't know that you had issued an opinion that marriage licenses are out of fashion; that only unromantic people are getting them.
I'm sure that now you've made this announcement, the number of marriages will drop sharply.
I guess you're kind of like Jackie Kennedy and the pillbox hat.