Not news, just something I’ve often considered

Licenses from the government to do things.

A driver’s license? OK, I get that. Prove you are a competent driver. The most dangerous thing in the world is not a firearm, it’s an automobile.

A plumber’s or electrician’s license. I have doubts, but showing some way that you know your trade has standing, I assume.

A marriage license? What the fuck business of the government is it who you fall in love with?

In October, I will handfast (look it up on Google) with a woman, and we will live ever after as man and wife, with no need of the government or any religion. We’ll file taxes as MARRIED FILING JOINTLY. No preacher, no license, no fuss.

All a marriage license is, is a TAX, to be with the person you love.

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fporretto
fporretto

State licensing of marriages in the U.S. seems to have begun out of the belief that it would curb the spread of venereal diseases. That’s the reason for the blood sample, anyway. But whether it’s had any effect on the spread of VD is open to dispute.

Red Five
Red Five

I’d always read that marriage licensing had to do with anti-miscegenation laws, trying to prevent interracial marriages.

jdog43
jdog43

Now that’s an interesting concept.

VAconservative
VAconservative

Speaking as a CPA, one is supposed to be married to file as married, joint or separate. If one is married, then one cannot file as single. Here’s the twist, married status is determined by the states. Some states allow marriages between same sex. Same sex couples cannot get married in Virginia (and a few others), but by law, Virginia… Read more »