Should government be involved in marriage at all?Submitted by matthew13l on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 22:14
I've been wondering... Since marriage has traditionally been a religious ceremony, why does the government issue marriage certificates and such? Two people who are not religious at all can get a marriage certificate from their government, thereby removing any religious context of the term "marriage" and making it a meaningless ceremony. Basically, non-religious people get married so that the government can tell them that they are committed to each other. What's the purpose in that???
What are your thoughts on this? What would the consequences be if the government resigned all authority to govern marriage?