What's going on, Albuquerque?
Tags: Cheddars, MorningFix, bears, childhood, early, education, equality, marriage
Call it what you want - marriage, civil union, handfasting, whatever - I don't give a rat's a** as long as full and equal civil rights are accorded, i.e., the right to file taxes as "married," the right to inherit without a special visit to a lawyer, etc., etc. If the senator thinks that the procreation is the main reason for marriage, then fine - any heterosexual couples who fail to produce children should have their union dissolved or, at least, fined for abject failure to bring forth what God intended.
Much has been made during this debate over the "male/female" nomenclature on the official marriage license form contained in the NM Constitution. What I noticed is that the form also appears to require evidence of a doctor's examination although the Bernalillo County Clerk's website says "no blood test required". Interesting how some "constitutional requirements" can be ignored while others become a line in the sand. Anyone been married in Bernco and did you have to provide evidence of a doctor's examination? (And no, I am not promoting pre-marital exams.)
From what little I've read about Alex the Great's marriage, it was strictly to consolidate power in Afghanistan, and their "relationship" was absolutely miserable. Maybe it's the whole notion of men trading their female chattels to obtain more power that Sharer finds so appealing.
Correction to my prior post, the language, and form, are not in the State Constitution but in the Statutes. The relevant, foundational statement is as follows:
"Marriage is contemplated by the law as a civil contract, for which the consent of the contracting parties, capable in law of contracting, is essential."
That pretty much says any two persons who are legally allowed to contract are entitled to a civil marriage, subject to a few restrictions on blood relations. No mention of animals here.
RLAD, I wasn't living here then. Did they have a statewide vote like our Governor thinks is necessary now?
Cheddar's sounds kind of cheesy...(Someone had to say it!)
Hunter and RLAD pretty much sum up my reaction to Sharer's comments. As far as I understand, any mention of "male" and "female" or "husband" and "wife" with respect to NM marriage are procedural and related to the actual format of marriage certificates and paperwork, as you guys point out, changes or is superseded all the time. Actual laws or constitutional language regarding marriage in NM is essentially gender-neutral, which is more or less what the courts are ruling so far.
@RLAD speaking of heart-attack-on-a-plate, I see Cheddar's has a Monte Cristo on their menu. Haven't seen a decent battered and deep-fried sandwich in this town since the Bennigan's days...
Monte Cristo sangwiches...mmmm!
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