Marriage (How the heck did we get here? Was RE: Did Ed Snowden do the right thing?)

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Mon Jun 10 15:19:49 MDT 2013

On Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:54:50 -0600
Lonnie Olson <lists at> wrote:

> The
> objections to building marriage into the legal system should have been
> made hundreds of years ago.

The decision to have marriage run by the state was made by the
theocrats of the middle ages, and they didn't run focus groups or take
polls. In Roman law, marriage was strictly a civil contract, with
occasional enforcement by quasi-judges called jurisconsults. The
theocrats took marriage over as a device to control the nobility and
royalty of the day. Of course some of the nobility and royalty didn't
like that; Henry VIII of England comes to mind.

> I think it's way too late.

Well, given the control the American government seems to want over us,
I doubt it will relinquish its control over marriage easily.


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