For John, BLUF: Fully agree. Nothing to see here; just move along.
As noted by the InstaPundit.
CHANGE: Alabama Moves To Separate Marriage And State. “The legislation would abolish all requirements to obtain a marriage license in Alabama. Instead, probate judges would simply record civil contracts of marriage between two individuals based on signed affidavits. . . . The proposed law would maintain a few state requirements governing marriage. Minors between the ages of 16 and 18 would have to obtain parental permission before marrying, the state would not record a marriage if either party was already married, and the parties could not be related by blood or adoption as already stipulated in state law.” How long until Alabama is called a cesspit of bigotry for refusing to recognize plural marriage?I have been advocating this approach for over fifteen years. Marriage should be a private contract between the parties, enforceable in court. No need for a justice of the peace or anyone else from the Government to Officiate. The Government can, however, enforce certain minimum requirements with regard to age, just like with alcohol. If the parties wish a church wedding they can ask. No Government enforced promises in that direction.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff