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Originally posted by Lightrule
From your friendly neighborhood legal expert...
All I have to say is that a marriage license has nothing to do with how John is together with Suzy. Point in fact common law marriage, under a common law marriage all rights and privileges of a married couple are granted, as if they had a marriage license.
The license is not a contract between John and Suzy.
The license is a contract between John and Suzy AND The Government. It allows third party representation into the relationship.
To add for funsies, any license is a contract. It removes your right to do the said action lawfully and instead replaces it with a granted privilege that can be controlled and/or taken away legally.
Someone mentioned the drivers license... Take a good look at this: Driving is a RIGHT, not a privledge.
You can read that website as it relates to both Canada and the USA. It is also supported with the relevant case law.