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« Reply #13: July 21, 2010, 09:40:18 am »

Why not, out of curiosity?

Not kemet83, but I firmly believe that the power to enter into marriage belongs to individual people.  I can bend to the idea that the state as a stand-in for the recognition of a community is workable in a society in which the concept of "community" is wholly fractured - which I believe to be the case here/now, alas - but the deep-down simplistic idealistic parts of me feel that people should be able to put themselves forward as married and have that respected.

(This is rendered moderately more complicated by the fact that respecting marriage comes with a vast legal tangle of stuff, of course, and some of that is readily abusable without some level of regulation.  Hence my recognition that my deep-down impulses are, in fact, simplistic.)

I'd note in some areas the development of common-law marriages was never as simple as "live together a certain amount of time"; some required that the people use words like "husband" and "wife", or otherwise claim to their community that they were married, for example.  Make the claim and it is so; do not make the claim and it is not.
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