Love and Marriage…: The wedding


Now that you’re gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dream I hold
Is a band of gold
And the memories of what love could be
If you are still here with me

“Marriage is considered a civil contract but of a peculiar character and subject to peculiar principles…. It, certainly, does differ from ordinary common law contracts, by reason of its subject-matter and of the supervision which the State exercises over the marriage relation, which the contract institutes….”

“… the marriage relation, in its legal aspect, has no peculiar sanctity, as a social institution, a due regard for its consequences and for the orderly constitution of society has caused it to be regulated by laws, in its conduct as in its dissolution…”

“Marriage is more than a personal relation between a man and woman. It is a status founded on contract and established by law. It constitutes an institution involving the highest interests of society. It is regulated and controlled by law based upon principles of public policy affecting the welfare of the people of the state.”

“…Marriage, as creating the most important relation in life, as having more to do with the morals and civilization of a people than any other institution, has always been subject to the control of the legislature. That body prescribes the age at which parties may contract to marry, the procedure or form essential to constitute marriage, the duties and obligations it creates, its effects upon the property rights of both, present and prospective, and the acts which may constitute grounds for its dissolution…”

 “There are, in effect, three parties to every marriage, the man, the woman and the state….”

 “Marriage is not a contract within the meaning of the provision of the Federal Constitution which prohibits the impairment by the States of the obligation of contracts…”

“The Domestic Relations Law  provides in great detail when and how marriage may be entered into, how the relation may be dissolved, the grounds for divorce and annulment, the rights and liabilities of husband and wife, the age at which the relation may be entered into and the class of persons who are disqualified from marrying.”

“From time immemorial the state has exercised the fullest control over the marriage relation ….”
“There are, in effect, three parties to every marriage, the man, the woman and the state….” 


                                                                             — Marriage from legal definitions



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