I look at this measure as a way to authorize 5 wives by the back door.
Well in plenty of ways, having multiple wives is essentially decriminalized. I could have five girlfriends, father children through all of them, have them live in the house, but since there is no marriage license, and they are all adult women, there is no crime. Hugh Hefner is a great example of this, and lives quite the big daddy life.
Polygamy is an example of how something once okay turned ugly. Perhaps one of few cases where the importance of actually only allowing people with a marriage license to simply live together was actually enforced, but ever since the 19th century, our government has been corrupted to the point where it no longer treats adultery, cohabitation, or various other offenses as serious crimes.
“ever since the 19th century”
“My Fair Lady” was on last weekend, and I watched it. I had forgotten that “I’m Getting Married in the Morning” was in it. The father said he was going to be very middle class and marry the woman he’d been living with. I had forgotten all about that implication, but it’s true. A wedding is a very big deal for middle class people, only now, it’s a bit of a burden in many ways.
I was married in judge’s chambers. Then, we went out to dinner. Very private, just 3 witnesses and us. Strange to remember that at this moment. But we are actually fiercely private on many counts.