Utah legislator working on bill to get state out of marriage business
SALT LAKE CITY —
Sources say a Utah legislator is working a bill that would essentially get the state of Utah out of the marriage business.
The idea would dramatically alter the way marriages are recognized in the state. Currently the state issues marriage licences to couples, then they’re churches or judges perform the ceremony. The new idea would allow churches of any denomination, even a notary public, to issue the marriage contracts perform the ceremonies, then, if they so choose, submit the paper work to the state to be recognized for tax and other purposes.
“A license is a permission slip granting to the husband and wife and now the two parties to be married,” says Connor Boyack of the Libertarian think tank the Libertas Institute.
Boyack says the state’s efforts to control and define marriage has created the tense social position we find ourselves in today.
“It creates enemies, it creates blood in the water it’s not a message or a way to work for a civil society,” says Boyack who says taking marriage out of the hands of the state, is good for citizens. “People should be able to live with who they want, love who they want,” says Boyack.
He believes the historic Supreme Court ruling today, is not the end, but only the beginning of legislation concerning same-sex marriage.
"There are going to be people continuing to fight for discrimination types of issues, religious liberty type of issues, protecting the churches so the government can't compel them to marry who they want,” says Boyack.
Boyack says, getting government out of the marriage business, would mean the state could avoid the cost incurred when and if more legal battles come down the pike.
“We're going to continue seeing legislation, litigation consternation, so we think our proposal is a good way forward,” says Boyack.
Boyack says at least one legislator is drafting legislation to remove the requirement for a marriage license but the law maker does not want his or her name revealed just yet.