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Today in 1893 U.S. President Benjamin Harrison declared full amnesty for Mormon polygamists. Is it the government's place to define which marriages are valid and which are not?

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  • No. If there is supposed to be a seperation of "church" and "state", then the government has no place in these matters...
  • They're like Batman. And Batman can do whatever he please because he's freakin Batman.

    So yes.
  • Is it the government's place?  Yes.  I'm not saying it should be, but it is.  Why?  Because of the IRS.  Federal taxation laws are written so that you get taxed differently if you are married than if you are single.  Well, if a Federal entity is going to declare separate rules for married peoples, then they have to define what constitutes marriage.  Further, I don't believe this violates the separation of church and state.  We are not talking about the religious sacrament of marriage.  If we were, athiests would be denied the rights of married people.  We are talking about what is essentially a legal contract.
    This is not to say that the federal government is doing a very good job of this right now.
  • I'm not sure I believe in more then 1 wive or husband....or is it even allowed to have more then 1 husband in that religion?!?!  I think by their religious beliefs they can do what they want..but by law you should only be entitled to be married to 1 person at a time...and that should be to any gender you should see fit.  What the church or your religion allows is up to you.....
    they can't have as many religious ceremonies they want....but one State marriage...on record...thats it..
    Just my opinion....
  • Well, I believe NOT. I mean, I don't exactly find it correct for people to have more than one wife? But, it's none of OUR business. Their beliefs and views on things are completely their own choice. We can't control that. It's like taking away one of their rights to be FREE to do whatever they want *that's legal* and marry whomever they wish, and however many spouses they wish. AND isn't it religion of being married? And isn't MORMON a religion? Like I said, it's not our decision to make. Also, it's definitely NOT the government's place to tell us who we can and cannot love. I'm talking about *gay* marriage. And, I give the same reasons as stated above; it's like taking away their freedom, and telling them that they're wrong, when they haven't done anything of the essence. 
    But, this is just my opinion.

  • No. Only God can determine when a marriage is valid or not. The government should not have a decision in it.
  • definitely NOT. how are 6 wives okay but 2 men not okay? fuck that shit yo
  • Surely, whilst there are legal, financial, etc differences between a married and unmarried couple then it is reasonable for the Government to impose checks and measures on them...?

  •  Of course, 'cause I want the government not only to regulate my political power and economic standards but also to regulate my life... NOT. I think that the law should only ensure safety and not dictate personal life.
    The commitment to marry, to spent the rest of one's life with someone, should be decided by the people getting married. What good comes out of restricting someone of having a desired intimate life?

  • Not at all ; if someone wants to formalize a friendship or relationship or whatever under their own system of codified beliefs then why should anyone else be able to say otherwise. Possible exceptions; child abuse. Meh. 
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