Yet more evidence that the State should get out of the marriage business
I’ve long argued that the State should get out of the marriage business and leave it to civil society. Apparently in England you can have a “civil partnership”, but only with someone of the same sex, and a “marriage”, but only with someone of the opposite sex.
How about this for a proposal? Darling, I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. The thing is, I don’t approve of marriage. It’s riddled with historical baggage and is a discriminatory system still forbidden to our gay friends. So why don’t we publicly declare our love by challenging Britain’s marriage laws and register a heterosexual civil partnership? They’ll say no, of course, but at least we can battle them in the courts for years.
That is exactly what Tom Freeman and his partner, Katherine Doyle, will do tomorrow when they go to Islington Register Office and request a civil partnership. ‘It’s not very romantic,’ admits Ms Doyle with a smile. ‘But it’s something that needs to be done.’
I suggest that the State should register civil partnerships in the same way as it registers births and deaths, and that it should not register marriages at all, except as one of several varieties of civil partnership. More details at Notes from underground: The State should get out of the marriage business. The example in the Independent story shows that the longer the State stays in the marriage business, the more ridiculous the situation will become.