quote:Originally posted by shulamite:
Vox, while it may not have a judicial impact on legal, licensed marriages in Texas, it could have a great impact on common-law marriages. And with the numbers of folks shacking up over the long term, I could see that as a problem if they break up and have disputes over propery division. The language is a mess...
I thought about the impact to such "common-law" marriages, too. But, to be honest, I'm not sure I agree with that whole scenario, either!
Marriage is marriage ... and you're either (legally) married or you're not! There is a definitive line drawn in the sand that differentiates the two. If there are benefits that come with legalized marriage, you just don't start handing them out to 'almost the same as' type situations!
Now that doesn't mean that you can't have a separate set of rules/laws/names in place for other type situations ... such as two people living together, same-sex couples, etc. Bur marriage is already its own defined entity. And something 'close to it' is not the same thing as 'the same as'.