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Give to Caesar, Give to God or both?

One might make the argument, I give Caesar the State Marriage License and I give God my marriage.  This argument sounds very convincing at the outset.  In the research I've done both the state and God don't agree with this logic.  You're free to disagree.  I don't know that we can have it both ways.  The facts are, the State Corporation makes no mention of God in the terms and conditions. God makes no reference of the State Corporation in His terms and conditions (the Bible) when it comes to the topic of marriage.  He does warn His people to not make covenant with the nations surrounding Israel.  In fact, we'll explore further how He commands us not to part-take...

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States Recognizing Common Law Marriage Today

State's "Recognizing" Common Law MarriageAs of December 2014 here's a list of State's that currently "recognize" common law marriage.  Remember, "recognize" and "lawful" are two different things.  Common law marriage is "lawful" and "legal" in all fifty states, they're simply not "recognized" because they aren't a part of the agreement.AlabamaColoradoDistrict of ColumbiaGeorgia (if created before 1/1/97)Idaho (if created before 1/1/96)IowaKansasMontanaNew Hampshire (for inheritance purposes only)New MexicoOhio (if created before 10/10/91)Oklahoma (possibly only if created before 11/1/98. Oklahoma’s laws and court decisions may be in conflict about whether common law marriages formed in that state after 11/1/98 will be recognized.)Pennsylvania (if created before 1/1/05)Rhode IslandSouth CarolinaTexasUtahYou'll soon notice these Common Law States and the other Marriage License States aren't too different...

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The Purpose of Marriage

Adam and Eve were brought together by the Living God, in the Garden of Eden.  Let's continue forward in the dialogue regarding the purpose or purposes behind marriage.As we continue reading in the book of Genesis, God gives His command to Noah and essentially all of humanity.  He tells Noah twice to "be fruitful and multiply."1 So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. ...7 And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth And multiply in it."[Genesis 9:1, 7 NKJV]Here we see God’s decree for the purpose of humanity, to be fruitful and multiply.  To follow this command it requires male and female...

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