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Monday, July 02, 2012

The Right to Marry

Perhaps you've seen this video. If not, you should. Yes, it's almost 9 minutes long, but well worth your time. It is a jaw-dropping example of love and marriage along with a faith in a Sovereign God that you won't find in a lot of places.

I just read Larissa Murphy's story about Why We Got Married. Yes, the woman in the video. It's good, too.

Nestled in this amazing story is a little bit of information most of us don't have.
Our pastor who married us, Mark Altrogge, was with us on the day that our marriage was approved by a local judge. Because of Ian’s condition, the courts had to decide that it was in his best interest to be married. Mark said that he’ll never forget the words of the judge who approved our marriage license: "You two exemplify what love is all about. I believe that marriage will not only benefit you both but our community, and hope that everyone in this city could see your love for one another."
Notice that "the courts had to decide that it was in his best interest to be married". Did you know that was the case? In a world screaming that "marriage is a fundamental right" and calling for "equal protection", this couple had to get a ruling from the court to allow them to marry. Apparently, then, the law does not see marriage as a right. The law can deny some the privilege of marriage. Apparently it is not the absolute right that most seem to think it is.

I'm just sayin' ...

Okay, after mulling that over, please return to your ruminations on this amazing story of love and trust in God ...


Dan said...

Just curious. Wouldn't someone have to contest the marriage for it to wind up before a judge?

David said...

That goes right along with the legal cognitive dissonance of our nation.

Stan said...


I don't believe that was the case. From all appearances, it was simply because he was so seriously impaired that the question was asked.


See? Now that I mentioned it, you're starting to see it in more places, too.