Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Marry or Get Out

Marry or get out, US town tells unwed parents

This is a very interesting story and it raises some questions from me.
"A Black Jack (small town in Missouri) ordinance prohibits more than three people from living together in a single family home unless they are related by 'blood, marriage or adoption'."
So, in Black Jack it would be illegal for housemates, one of which has two children, to share a home and expenses, because that would be more than three people living in the same space. It would actually be illegal for Katie, her two kids, and myself, to live in this same house. Interesting.

Now, I do applaud a law that promotes marriage between a man and a woman, because that is how the Bible says families should be raised. It would promote healthy family relationships and that would then filter into a healthier society. With that said I ask:
  • Why would a man/woman choose to be with someone who will not commit to them in marriage?
  • What makes someone so much against a marital commitment that they choose to enter into a lawsuit that will allow them to remain unwed and live together in a town that doesn't want them?
  • Of all the places in the United States to live, why live there? It can't be too difficult to find an immoral place somewhere else to take up residence.
I do go back and forth on a human law prohibiting people from living together and raising a family if they are unwed. I'm not sure that there should be such a law, but at the same time it is sad that there even needs to be law like that.

Should human law impose morality on the people? It does when it comes to murder, so why not when it comes to unwed couples?

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