Congratulations, New Yorkers

You have just doubled the number of Americans who live in a jurisdiction where government officials are forbidden from peering down the pants of couples seeking marriage licenses. Now people who would have had outlaws can have in-laws instead (that’s actually what “traditional” marriage was about, creating ties between entire families with the actual married couple being the least important part). The wedding industry in Connecticut probably isn’t so happy, though.

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4 Responses to Congratulations, New Yorkers

  1. just sayin' says:

    Here’s another perspective:

    http://brendanoneill.co.uk/page/3

    “In granting the state the authority to redefine marriage, effectively to say which human relationships are good and valid, the modern gay movement is helping to boost the authority of the state over all intimate relationships and lifestyle choices.”

  2. ebohlman says:

    I hear that argument a lot, but I don’t think it’s realistic. For thousands of years, the law in pretty much any civilization has made reference to family relationships (kinship). Marriage is the only legal process by which one person can admit another existing person to his/her kinship without breaking any previous kinship ties (as adoption would). As such, it’s quite legally relevant whether two people are or aren’t spouses, and thus the state has a legitimate role in at least recording marriages (and, IMHO, putting fairly minimal restrictions on who can be recorded as spouses, such restrictions not, again IMHO, being dependent on the sexes of the parties involved).

  3. Maddy says:

    I’m sure you’re wrong. In this economy the wedding industry would welcome business from any source. :)

  4. ebohlman says:

    Er, that was a reference to how NY used to recognize out-of-state marriages even though they wouldn’t perform them in-state, so many NY couples would marry in CT, taking their business with them.

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