Columnist David Hunter's Off-Center Take On Items of Interest.
Well said, David. Just because I don't get it doesn't mean it's unconstitutional or illegal. I would clarify your point about mail-order ministers marrying people. No religious representative marries two people EXCEPT as a representative of the STATE. The closing is usually something like, "By the power vested in me by the late great state of Tennessee, I marry you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." The state marries; the church sanctifies. One could argue that it's a violation of church/state separation but, in this instance, church and state have agreed to cooperate. The STATE, however, issues the license and fees are paid to the state. Church stuff is optional.Which is a digression from your point. I agree with that.Victoria
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