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Writer's Block: Church and State

Today in 1893 U.S. President Benjamin Harrison declared full amnesty for Mormon polygamists. Is it the government's place to define which marriages are valid and which are not?
Absolutely. Marriage is a legal contract, which grants a married couple certain rights under the law. Ergo, marriage is solely of the realm of the State. Now, the State should not be allowed to regulate love, obviously. And it should never let the religion of some infringe on the legal rights of all.

As to these Mormon polygamists, hey, if that's what they want to do and they're not harming anyone, kudos to President Harrison. Who gives a flying fuck anyway?

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spubba
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
The fifteen year old girls that these dirty old men are forcing themselves upon might take offense to that.

Of course, that happens in every religion...
elven_wolf
Jan. 5th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
That's why I make the distinction 'if they're not harming anyone', which is where I think the government needs to watch. It happens in monogamy as well. So ascribing that situation to Mormon polygamists alone misses the point.
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