If you get married in a church, you have to sign papers and file them with your county in order for the state to recognize your marriage. That’s because there are TWO parts to marriage, the sacrament and the contract. The State has no business messing with the sacrament, and any church can forbid same-sex marriage to its congregants. But by the same token, the churches have no business messing with the administration of the contract, which is what the State recognizes and regulates. There’s no point in the government denying same-sex couples the same right of contract as anyone else, because in America we have religious freedom, though I realize a lot of folks on the right object to anyone thinking differently from them.
Apr 12, 2017