Still thinking about the bill in South Dakota which led to the repeal of the Anti-Cohabitation law there. In a nutshell, before it was repealed, if two people lived together without being married, they were fine. However, if they said they were married, but did not have a state marriage license, they were criminals. Unfortunately, though, this law has yet to be repealed in a few other states.
The U.S. Constitution says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Now, some of us believe in straight biblical marriage where the state's permission is not needed. I've even met some who believe it would be downright sinful for them to involve the state in their marriage. My issue is, for those of us who practice our religious beliefs about marriage and do not choose to partake of secular marriage...for us to then be told that we MUST do so in order for that marriage to be recognized...well, isn't that prohibiting our free exercise of religion? Isn't that a violation of our constitutional rights? In my state, no such law exists that says two must partake of secular marriage, but in the states where this is the law, there seems to be a serious violation of constitutional rights going on.
Is it just me or can you see this too?