What Exactly is Marriage?
In the State of Florida, Marriage is exactly as follows:
a) Partners must go to the Courthouse or a Branch Office.
b) Show photo I.D. or birth certificate to prove they are 18.
c) Pay $93.50, sign the Marriage License, and wait 3 days.
d) Have a Notary sign (not notarize) the Marriage License.
e) Have two witnesses sign the Marriage License.
The "witnesses" do not need to witness the "Ceremony".
f) Mail Marriage License to the Courthouse for recording.
"Incestuous" mariages are not permitted, but there is no test for that.
It does not matter what you think marriage is or what it should be.
It does not Matter what GOD thinks marriage is or what it should be.
Mariage is exactly what the State says it is. Go to myflorida.com.
In a recent Florida case, a man claimed that he was not actually married because he did not attend the "Ceremony". The State said:
1. The partners had paid-for and signed the Marriage License at the
2. A Notary signed the ML indicating the "Cerimony" was performed.
3. Two witnesses had signed the Marriage License as required..
4. The Marriage License had been recorded in the Public Records.
5. You are a married man. The State has control of your marriage now.
Same-sex marriage is not "Gay" marriage... which is a misnomer.
Same-sex marriage adds many dimensions to marriage, as follows:
1. Partners in marriage need not touch each other or live together.
2. In opposite-sex marriage, one or both partners can be homosexual.
3. In same-sex marriage, one or both partners could be heterosexual.
4. Same-sex marriages need not be sexual, and cannot be incestuous.
5. A same-sex marriage could be between a divorced woman and her widowed mother. The partners could then put all of mother's assets in an account by the entireties. Upon mother's death, all of mom's assets are owned by the daughter without probate or estate tax. Note that the partners could maintain different last names in this case.
6. A same-sex marriage could be between brothers, or sisters, or friends, or a person and a lawyer, or a person and a spouse-for-hire for the above purpose, or to prevent attachment of assets by a civil judgment, or for tax purposes, or for business purposes, or to prevent testimony by one of the partners against the other in a criminal trial. Note that after the "ceremony", the partners need never see each other again.
James T. Conklin