Originally Posted by hooligan74
You don't think new legislation would be needed? How do we legally divide property or child responsibility, then? What about medical decisions? The right not to be forced to testify against your spouse? Any of the 1400+ legal rights/benefits/protections that are automatically conferred upon legal marriage? These would all seemingly need to be addressed. This is why I'm not firmly aboard the "just get government out of marriage, period" train.
The easiest solution seems to be to simply allow access to the marriage laws of this country to all consenting adults. You know, I think there is something about equal access to/protection under the law in the Constitution.....
Private contract. That wouldn't do anything about testifying against your spouse though.
I'm wondering about those 1400 "rights", I bet most are the use of government force where none is needed.