This is a piggy back on my last post. Quite a few of you said that family is how you define it but the common bond is love. Today in my Family Law class we talked about marriage and what types of marriages are allowed/forbidden. I thought I'd throw out the topics and questions we were posed and see what your take is on it.
Think about this though when you think about the topics: (1) If it really is about love and how you feel why shouldn't any of these marriages work if the parties consent and desire such a union? (2) Should the government define who we marry? In 1967 interracial couples could not wed! And this was okay! So a lot of the marriages today were at one time null and void. An abberation. I know the people who read this come from a variety of perspectives so I was very curious what your takes would be on these. Should the government have a say in any of these types of unions?
Family members? Should adopted siblings be allowed to marry? What about a neice/uncle by marriage no longer related through marriage because the uncle divorced the neice's blood aunt? What about cousin marriages which are estimated to constitute 20% of marriages worldwide (Einstein and Dawrin married cousins too). Most states allow it...
Youth? Should there be an age limit to marry? What if you are pregnant? Georgia used to have this exception to the minor marriage rule until a 37 year old teacher was able to marry her 15 year old student because she got pregnant. Needless to say, Georgia no do this no more.
Polygamy? This made the news again as the "most wanted polygamist" was recently arrested. What if all parties want to? Our professor said a polygamist lawyer a few years ago said it was the best thing she ever did because she had help with child rearing, cooking, and emotional support. Should she not be allowed to do what works for her? Why not? Personally, I've seen that when people do it, it usually doesn't work. As an aside, this blog is an interesting insight to a polygamy surivor.
Same sex? When we have people who marry and make a joke of marriage such as cheating on one another, marrying and divorcing in rapid succession, etc. etc. why is the sanctity of marriage destroyed here but not in those other instances? Should this be something up to the people in the situation? Why is marriage forbiddon from a government standpoint? I understand people have views as far as religion goes but the government is secular. So why do they define marriage when it has religious underpinnings?