See, the State and the lawyers know that when you marry with a marriage license, you are not just marrying your spouse, you are marrying the State!
You are like a polygamist! You are not just making a vow to your spouse, but you are making a vow to the State and your spouse. You are also giving
undue jurisdiction to the State.
When Does the State Have Jurisdiction Over a Marriage?
God intended the State to have jurisdiction over a marriage for two reasons - 1). in the case of divorce, and 2). when crimes are committed i.e.,
adultery, bigamy, etc. Unfortunately, the State now allows divorce for any reason, and it does not prosecute for adultery.
In either case, divorce or crime, a marriage license is not necessary for the courts to determine whether a marriage existed or not. What is needed
are witnesses. This is why you have a best man and a maid of honor. They should sign the marriage certificate in your family Bible, and the wedding
day guest book should be kept.
Marriage was instituted by God; therefore it is a God-given right. According to Scripture, it is to be governed by the family, and the State only has
jurisdiction in the cases of divorce or crime.
History of Marriage Licenses in America
George Washington was married without a marriage license. So, how did we come to this place in America where marriage licenses are issued?
Historically, all the states in America had laws outlawing the marriage of blacks and whites. In the mid-1800’s, certain states began allowing
interracial marriages or miscegenation as long as those marrying received a license from the state. In other words they had to receive permission to
do an act which without such permission would have been illegal.
Blacks Law Dictionary points to this historical fact when it defines "marriage license" as, "A license or permission granted by public authority to
persons who intend to intermarry." "Intermarry" is defined in Black’s Law Dictionary as, "Miscegenation; mixed or interracial marriages."
Give the State an inch and they will take a 100 miles (or as one elderly woman once said to me "10,000 miles.") Not long after these licenses were
issued, some states began requiring all people who marry to obtain a marriage license. In 1923, the Federal Government established the Uniform
Marriage and Marriage License Act (they later established the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act). By 1929, every state in the Union had adopted
marriage license laws.
What Should We Do?
Christian couples should not be marrying with State marriage licenses, nor should ministers be marrying people with State marriage licenses. Some have
said to me, "If someone is married without a marriage license, then they aren’t really married." Given the fact that states may soon legalize
same-sex marriages, we need to ask ourselves, "If a man and a man marry with a State marriage license, and a man and woman marry without a State
marriage license - who’s really married? Is it the two men with a marriage license, or the man and woman without a marriage license? In reality,
this contention that people are not really married unless they obtain a marriage license simply reveals how Statist we are in our thinking. We need to
think Biblically. (As for homosexuals marrying, outlaw sodomy as God's law demands, and there will be no threat of sodomites marrying.)
You should not have to obtain a license from the State to marry someone anymore than you should have to obtain a license from the State to be a
parent, which some in academic and legislative circles are currently pushing to be made law.
When I marry a couple, I always buy them a Family Bible which contains birth and death records, and a marriage certificate. We record the marriage in
the Family Bible. What’s recorded in a Family Bible will stand up as legal evidence in any court of law in America. Early Americans were married
without a marriage license. They simply recorded their marriages in their Family Bibles. So should we.
(Pastor Trewhella has been marrying couples without marriage licenses for ten years. Many other pastors also refuse to marry couples with State
This pamphlet is not comprehensive in scope. Rather, the purpose of this pamphlet is to make you think and give you a starting point to do further
study of your own. If you would like an audio sermon regarding this matter, just send a gift of at least five dollars in cash to: Mercy Seat Christian
Church 10240 W. National Ave. PMB #129 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227.
Now some will argue well I can’t get medical coverage for a spouse without it, really have you ever tried? I worked in the medical insurance field
with Prudential now owned by Etna that have been writing policies for significant others for many years long before the gay and lesbian movement came
The next common argument is on taxes: well at the end of the year I can’t check married filing jointly or individually? Really, again have you ever
tried? Common law marriage is recognized and becomes lawful after seven years, so to avoid any legal conflict simply check the box married but filing
individually instead of jointly you will end up with about the same benefit. However if you’re a studier of PAC then this is a mute issue
You will see that any so called argument only comes out do to lack of knowledge, nothing more and whom in their right mind would ever want to begin
their new life with the one they love in bed with a third party? The State;
This is just one example from the Ohio Bar Association:
“When you repeat your marriage vows, you enter into a legal contract. There are three parties to that contract: 1) you: 2) your spouse: and 3) the
state of Ohio. The state is a party to the contract because under its laws, you have certain obligations and responsibilities to each other, to any
children you may have, and to Ohio.”
In other states the contract says its party to the fruits of the contract, well what are those fruits? Your children and they the state have a vested
interest in them.
I thank you for your time and I hope this has opened your eyes so that you can now make an informed decision whether or not to license.