Take a look at this interesting piece we came across where a Detroit minister sued the state for the authority to marry couples WITHOUT a marriage license. Rev. Neil Patrick Carrick wants a federal judge to answer the question of whether the state’s marriage laws make it illegal for clerics to marry couples without a marriage license.
Carrick believes a person has the right to be married only in “the eyes of God” without the state being involved. He believes clerics should be allowed to perform purely religious ceremonies without threat of penalty. Carrick argues that the license requirement harms elderly and widowed couples who want to marry but are afraid that they will lose their Social Security benefits if they are legally wed. Click here for the Detroit news piece on this issue!
What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with Rev. Carrick? We would love to hear from you!
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