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Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 1) 576

by MightyMartian (#49760587) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

In most common law jurisdictions, a religious ceremony has no legal standing at all. The magic in a marriage ceremony isn't "by the power invested in me by God", it is " by the power invested in me by the State of Massachusetts."

Churches' attachments to marriage is historic and I doubt there is anywhere in English speaking North America where a religious ceremony was ever required.

Comment: Re: This isn't a question (Score 1) 576

by MightyMartian (#49760559) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Actually in many jurisdictions thee lack of marital status means even attempting to duplicate the full powers of a spouse in regards to incapacity can be all but impossible to replicate. Even powers of attorney and living wills don't quite deliver you the power in the event of your spouse's incapacity that a marriage license does.

Comment: Re: This isn't a question (Score 5, Insightful) 576

by MightyMartian (#49760539) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Up until recently beating the shit out of your wife and forcing sexual intercourse on her against her will (spousal rape) was considered lawful and appropriate. Some traditional views just plain suck and we should welcome their demiwey.

This has nothing to do with Marxism, any more than throwing out laws banning miscegenation had anything to do with Marxism.

Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 1) 576

by MightyMartian (#49760523) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

Historically what constituted a marriage varied from place to place, and even in Medieval times there was no mandate in England requiring a church ceremony. In most jurisdictions in Europe where canon law governed marriage, all that was in fact required was for a couple to declare that they were married, and so long as they lived in that fashion, no ceremony was required at all. Marriage in ancient tienes, save where it involves the aristocracy, where marriage had political implications, wasn't that formalizeds an affair.

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