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Questions about social constructs establishing rights and obligations between spouses.

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Why does the US have laws that they don't enforce but they don't repeal?

The State of Utah appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Oral argument was held on January 21, 2016. The State of Utah was represented by Parker Douglas. The ...
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Why government don't simply make “legally recoqnized” polygamy impossible? [closed]

This question asks why anti Polygamy laws exist. What purpose do anti-Polygamy laws serve? However, Marriage require consent of 3 parties. The man, the wife, and government. If Ann is married to ...
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Did Plato believe in institution of marriage? [closed]

From this link, I've found this all these women shall be wives in common to all the men, and not one of them shall live privately with any man; the children too should be held in common so that ...
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Why annul instead of divorce? [closed]

Don't judge me. Kind of a dumb question and not even sure if on topic, but if you're not in the Philippines or Vatican, why would anyone go for an annulment instead of a divorce? My understanding is ...
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How is polygamy handled policy wise in democratic countries where it is legal?

First question: are there any democratic ("somewhat" democratic like Russia counts... Saudi Arabia or any other Islamic theocracy does not) countries where polygamy is not fully illegal the way it is ...
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What purpose do anti-Polygamy laws serve?

Question title says it all really. Polygamy is illegal in most US states, here in Britain and also no doubt many countries elsewhere, but why? What are the political motivators for this, especially in ...
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Have any states deinstitutionalised marriage in favour of civil unions?

In debates over same sex marriage it is sometimes proposed that marriage be completely deinstitutionalised in favour of state recognised civil unions. This would not be a return to common law ...
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Why were so many referendums about marriage definition initiated in the recent years?

Recently (in the last decade or so) there were quite many referendums (or are about to be held) about marriage definition. Some initiatives try to clearly define family as a union between a man and a ...
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Why do some muslim countries ban polygamy?

Islam allows men to have up to 4 wives (simultaneously). Why would an overwhelmingly Muslim country, such as Turkey or Tunisia, ban polygamy? Not banning it would of course not prevent most people to ...
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Why did the UK Conservative government push through gay marriage?

There seems to be a widespread sense that the Conservative UK government pushed through legislation to legalise gay marriage. There appeared to be no great angst with the status quo for gay couples (...
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What do people against state recognition of same-sex marriage think of the fourteenth amendment in US law?

From Christianity SE. Please migrate me to Law SE if needed. Thanks. From what I understand, the fourteenth amendment in American law is interpreted by the SCOTUS to be implying that bans on same-sex ...
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Are democracy strongly linked to monogamy?

Turkey practices monogamy even though they are muslims. Far from being laws to protect women, anti polygamy statutes may really do more to protect men Matt Ridley - The Red Queen Matt ...
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Equal rights for Lesbian or Gay couples without “redefining” marriage

What is the mindset of the people who support equal civil rights for homosexuals but disagree with Obergefell v. Hodges because it redefines the word "marriage", which they believe is a sacred thing ...
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Why did “inter-racial” marriage attract disapproval even from African-Americans?

In a post by Gallup, In U.S., 87% Approve of Black-White Marriage, vs. 4% in 1958, past polls indicate that while the majority of African-Americans have approved of "inter-racial" marriages since ...
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Why is there a concept of a wedding officiant in US marriage law?

I am Chinese-American. My parents got married the Chinese way. That is, there was no wedding officiant, and the wedding pictures are really just pictures of the wedding banquet or reception, but not ...
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Has any same-sex common-law spouse claims been made in court? [closed]

Same-sex marriage is legal in 13 states California* (June 26, 2013), Connecticut (Nov. 12, 2008), Iowa (Apr. 24, 2009), Massachusetts (May 17, 2004) Delaware (May 7, 2013), Minnesota (May 14, 2013),...
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Are there any notable Gay Rights groups advocating “Get the Government out of marriage” solution to same-sex marriage?

One of the main arguments made in favor the of US (or non-US) Government recognizing same-sex marriage is the "equality" one - that heterosexual couples have unequal rights with same-sex couples in ...
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Were there any historical states that lacked the concept of marriage?

Marriage seems universal, occurring at all times and in all cultures. The implications of marriage differ vastly across countries, yet it seems that all countries recognize marriages (at least if ...
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What legal benefits do married couples enjoy in US, and what is the rationale for those benefits?

What legal benefits do married couples enjoy in United States, and what is the rationale for those benefits? If it's economic, then why aren't those benefits extended to any set of room-mates? If ...
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Prohibition on incestual marriage vs same sex marriage - what does the data say?

Two of the related arguments made by people who oppose same-sex marriage (especially those who do it on the basis of "marriage is for raising kids"): The slippery slope argument. Usually goes "if you ...
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What are the objections to federally recognized civil unions as opposed to same sex marriages?

My understanding is that gay rights groups want to have the same benefits that are afforded to opposite marriage supporters. Opposite marriage supporters, for the most part, don't want the term "...
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How does DOMA get around the “Full Faith and Credit” clause to the Constitution?

Regardless of what one feels about "gay marriage", the recent decision by the Supreme Court to review the case brings up an interesting Constitutional question. Namely, if, say, Maryland recognizes ...