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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
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    In Agreement, But Different Reasons Comment
    Gregory Morris, 11/28/07 3:14:53 pm
    A church in Minneapolis is refusing to marry straight couples. Well, not exactly... they are refusing to fill out the state paperwork to make the marriages legal. Their reasoning is that if they can't legally marry gay couples, they won't legally marry straight couples either.

    Now, I'm not 100% in agreement with their reasoning, but I would love to see more churches take this stance. I've always said that marriage is between me, my wife, and my God. There is no room in that relationship for the state. The state grants us a legally binding (contractual) union, and nothing more. Couples getting married in the above-mentioned church will have to see a judge to make their marriage "official". That seems like proper separation of roles. You are married within a church (or not, if that is your preference) and the government takes care of the legal nonsense. Hmmmm. Come to think of it, it is silly that the state is involved in interpersonal contracts. I don't see where the government comes into play, unless a judge is needed to resolve a dispute.

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    Re: In Agreement, But Different Reasons
    Nick, 11/28/07 5:00:58 pm
    Agree with you totally. Marriage is no place for government. Now, just a quick plug for Ron Paul and that should wrap up my comment. :P
    Re: In Agreement, But Different Reasons
    Gregory Morris, 11/28/07 6:39:43 pm
    Ron Paul! Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul! Ron Paul!

    Hey, it'll help my site's traffic at the very least. I must say, as far as wacko, tenacious, rabid supporters go, Ron Paul has managed to attract the cream of the crop.
    Re: In Agreement, But Different Reasons
    Robb Allen, 11/29/07 8:43:42 am
    Now this is one of those areas where I can piss off both sides.

    The government has NO business defining marriage or contracts between individuals. You want to marry a plate of lukewarm blue cheese, go right ahead.

    But when the insurance company decides not to cover you and your side dish, the government can do nothing about it.

    A little extra freedom, a little less safety net.
    Re: In Agreement, But Different Reasons
    Gregory Morris, 11/29/07 1:16:50 pm
    Well, yeah. Private insurance companies are allowed to do what they want. If they only want to insure lukewarm blue cheese, they can do that. If they want to ignore gay marriages, they can do that. But I think if my concept of separation ever became the norm, the gay rights crowd would raise enough stink to convince insurance companies to recognize them.

    Regardless, I don't care. If an insurance company wants to recognize one inter-personal contract and not another, that is their business.
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