Nah – it’ll never survive. It makes too much sense for the government to be able to make it work.
I was actually thinking about writing a blog about why this would be the smart way to go, nationwide, based on the sheer size of the government bureaucracy that would be needed to actually verify legal weddings across the nation. Think about it – just for tax and insurance reasons. There are 50 states, plus the IRS and a few territories. Each has a Department of Revenue that needs to know for sure if a couple filing a joint tax return is actually married. However, at present EVERY county in the country issues marriage licenses. That means that about 55 different governments need certified copies of every blank marriage license application, PLUS they need authenticated lists of the authorized signatories for each and every county – and those all need to be updated every time there is a change. And that is just the government. Add into the complexity that every business needs to be able to verify all of that as well, for adding dependents/spouses to insurance policies . . . .
Oh, and we still haven’t dealt with . . . . . . inheritance laws.
Arkansas and Indiana recently made big headlines over the effort to protect people’s right to practice the religion of their choice in the face of a relentless assault by those who feel marginalized by those religions. I’ve been saying for years that this would eventually happen.
The real problem isn’t the law. The US Constitution’s First Amendment says that the government shall make NO LAW infringing on the right to practice the religion of your choice – so every law that violates that is actually unconstitutional. Where you run into trouble is slamming that principle up against the “Entitlement Generation” who thinks that just because they want something, it should be theirs at any cost. Stir in some marginalized fringe elements of society, and you have a recipe for social disaster.
Let’s be totally honest. Those who wish to have sex with someone of the same gender have never been equal – they do not account for 50% of the population, and never will. They should, however, be free to enter into any contract they wish, even the social civil contract of marriage. They should NOT have the right to force anyone else to participate in the ceremony involuntarily – that is slavery. I’m specifically referring to both businesses and churches. Being an entrepreneur in the USA does not make you a slave to the community, or any subset of it. Make economics work for you – take your business to where it is welcome, instead of trying to force it on someone who doesn’t want it.