Julie with a B

Monday, May 23, 2005
Lets define a "legal marriage"
What is a marriage under the law? What should the law be doing? I really don't know much about the actual laws. They are different in different states. These are just a few ideas about what the laws should do.

1. provide a common legal base for two people
2. move the assets of the couple, to the remaining spouse should one die
3. provide a connection that says that person has a right to be and to know about the other in a legal sense. Allowed access in a health care institution, access to documents regarding joint finances.
4. define responsibility for natural or adopted children.

What do you think? I don't want to know what your religious institution thinks, I want to know what *you* think a legal marriage should provide.


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