Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Why do I need a government license to get married?” or “Do I really need permission from the government to be married?” What about this question, “If the government stopped issuing marriage licenses, would marriage be abolished?
Those questions may have never crossed your mind. We tend to just accept things the way they are. And for decades now, government officials have begun to see the licensure of marriages as the creation of marriage by government rather than a way by which government merely secures the rights the man and woman have in relation to one another, and to their children, if any, as a result of the duties their marriage creates.
But the truth is that marriage never came from the government to begin with. And for that matter, governments cannot “grant” a “right” to be married. That right is inherent in the fact that we were created by God, in His image, as males and females and we, therefore, are endowed with certain inalienable rights. And one of those is to marry.
We invite you to take a journey with us in rediscovering what marriage is and why only the union between a man and a woman is called marriage—it’s God-given.
“The Court invalidates the marriage laws of more than half the States and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia . . . . Just who do we think we are?”
—Chief Justice John Roberts, dissenting, Obergefell v. Hodges