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The word license is derived from the Latin word Licentious, which means lacking restraint, ignoring societal standards, disregard for accepted rules. According to Black's Law Dictionary, the word license is defined as - the permission by competent authority to do an act which without such permission, would be illegal." Now in other words, this means the government makes something that was lawful to do, illegal, so they can then tell you that if you pay the government money (which is a bribe), then they will turn their backs and give you a permit that allows you to break the law that they just said was illegal to do! So the question that people need to ask themselves, is why would it be illegal to marry without the State's permission? more
In 1993, parents were upset here in Wisconsin because a test was being administered to their children in the government schools which was very invasive of the family’s privacy. When parents complained, they were shocked by the school bureaucrats who informed them that their children were required to take the test by law and that they would have to take the test because they (the government school) had jurisdiction over their children. When parents asked the bureaucrats what gave them jurisdiction, the bureaucrats answered, "your marriage license and their birth certificates." Judicially, and in increasing fashion, practically, your state marriage license has far-reaching implications. more(No original citation)
It is a shame that it has become such a regulated business...that you have to pay to love someone..to be with someone..to pledge yourself to them for the rest of your lives...it just seems wrong. It is the total opposite of what a loving union between two people should be.
originally posted by: atrollstalker
The marriage license is a tax, plain and simple but the cost of getting a license usually doesn't cover the cost of issuing a license any more.
On the other hand, the license guarantees certain things, i.e., you aren't marrying your first cousin, son or daughter and also that you are free of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, ie, syphilis was rampant in the U.S. for a while and that is why a blood test is required (in most states) to get a license.
Your concept is nice but the government really doesn't want you to have nice in your life.
Interestingly enough, there was a case where an authoritative figure was quoted as saying that both the marriage license and birth certificate allowed for them to intrude upon the individuals rights to parent their child(both binding agreements/contracts between the individual and the state??)
For instance, you both are obligated to provide for any children you may have had while you were married until they become of legal age.. any debt incurred while married is still usually the responsibility of both parties until that debt has been paid off or unless one party agrees to absorb it in full.
originally posted by: rickymouse
When you get a fishing license it is so you can go fishing and catch something. When you get a hunting license, it is so you can bag something. Most licenses give you the ability to do something you like to do that you can't do without a license.
So what the hell do we need a marriage license for. Seems like that one is not what it should be.