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Tell the Government to Get out of My Bedroom: Religious liberty, marriage and rights
Should Marriage Be Granted by the Government?
We are a nation founded on religious liberty and freedom, that’s why it baffles me that the government is in the business of granting marriages. While we may not all agree on the definition of marriage, one thing is for certain… it’s not something a simple debate or rule of law will clear up.
What if instead of your “spousal” insurance and tax breaks working for you it worked for one other adult of your choice. You could file that choice yearly or after a life-event. For example, let’s say my cousin comes to live with me after losing her job. I have insurance and upgrade it to adult + 1. Same goes for a roommate or friend.
I have met many women who will get pregnant (or have some other health scare-this goes for men too) and marry the man for his insurance. The marriage turns out to be a disaster and neither partner can afford the lawyer fees to get out of the trap.
Alternative Therory in Action
Here’s an example of that theory in action. What if my husband and I both qualify for insurance? The way it is set up now, we have to pay double family premiums, meaning we are both required to take and pay for both insurance plans. We are secondarily insured by each other’s’ insurance, but it’s not as though my insurance pays half and his pays the other half... I don’t entirely understand all the rules, I just know that it doesn’t make nearly as much sense (or save us nearly as much money) as it should. However, if I was ineligible for insurance, then an identical payment from Casey would cover me entirely. Is this fair? Now let’s say that hypothetical cousin we brought up earlier comes to live with us due to job loss. Should I not be able to remove my husband’s secondary coverage (he has his own insurance anyway) and put my cousin in his place? I could then stay on as his secondary, or we could chose to help another friend. Insurance is just an example, but I would recommend this for all “family” benefits.
I’m not entirely sure how we’d work out possessions and ownership in the event of a problem, but we have enough smart and motivated people to figure out the details.
As far as marriage is concerned, we leave that up to the churches. Each church has its own beliefs. We are a free country and should be able to practice those beliefs. It is not our job to condemn each other, rather in these times we should be working to support each other as fellow global citizens. The Day of Judgment will come and we will all find out who was wrong in the end. Right now, we live in a free country and are blessed with the freedom of choice.