A Brief History of Marriage Licenses in the US
- 2010/08/03 17:15:16
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As Pastor Trewhalla mentions, “George Washington was married without a
marriage license.” This is true. In fact, before the middle of the
nineteenth century, no license was required to marry at all. Then,
horror of horrors, some people started wanting to marry interracially!
What a concept! Miscegination up until that point had been totally
illegal, then some states started to adopt marriage licenses - specifically
for interracial couples. Meaning that, basically, anyone could get
married… unless you had different skin colors. That, of course,
required permission from the state.
The reason any license throughout history has been
instituted was so that it could be denied to some people. In the
mid-1800s, this happened to be interracial couples. Then, in 1923, the
“Uniform Marriage and Marriage License Act” was passed by the federal
government – 6 years later, marriage licenses were being distributed in
every state to ALL people, not just interracial couples. Marriage had
become a government institution.
Let me say that again for clarity. Marriage licenses have only
existed on any significant scale since 1929. No
one in the US before that was required to have a marriage license in
order to practice their fundamental right to marry.
Read more: http://privatizemarriage.org/
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