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Does Marriage Equality Mean Eliminating Marriage Licenses And Tax Deductions?
Marriage equality means eliminating marriage licenses and special tax deductions for married couples.
This would dramatically reduce the opportunities for the government to deny couples legal recognition and the rights associated with it.
If marriage is an inherently religious institution, then the government has absolutely no business regulating it.
Marriage is different across religious faiths or a lack thereof. When the government grants licenses to one type of marriage and not another, it could be argued it is establishing a state religion.
The government should not be involved in an institution that perpetuates inequality.
The largest reason state governments have to require marriage licenses is for tax purposes. Eliminating special treatment of married couples in the tax code removes a huge portion of the reasoning behind licenses.
Eliminating marriage licenses leaves marriage open to fraud and abuse.
Marriage licenses are here to stay. It's far more productive to advocate for equality within the existing system than to spend energy and time fighting this losing battle.
The government has a legitimate interest in encouraging people to get married. Eliminating tax deductions for married couples deprives the government from acting on that interest.
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