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Dec

The place of civil marriage

I was just ruminating on when I used to be quite indignant about believers who were living together and not married.

Now that gay civil marriage is recognized in many states, I have started to reevaluate my perspective.
Note: I am not writing this to get into a debate on whether gay marriage is right or wrong.
I think it is wrong, but I respect those those feel otherwise and am not in this post trying to change your mind.

I am also not trying to get into the political issue of if states should recognize same sex couples as married. Many states already have,
so I just trying to work that into my current faith perspective.
What I am looking for is input on how others who do not view gay marriage as a real marriage have navigated this issue.

My question is.....
Since I am coming to a place where I no longer view a civil marriage license as a real marriage, how does that affect my perspective on believers living together without a civil marriage license.
The civil license appears to me now to be no more than a domestic partnership contract covering legal property rights.

I view true marriage as a contract and relationship between a man and a woman before God.
Since states are now issuing these contracts to same sex couples, to me they no longer represent a real marriage contract before God.

So I am left thinking that a true marriage is simply a commitment before God to stay together.
Since the state even recognizes couples that have lived together for a certain number of years to be civilly married even without the license -

I am left wondering if in my mind the civil license is the necessary requirement for me to consider someone married verses living together.

Is a commitment before God to stay together enough to be married and not fall into the place of "living together"

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