It's not the typical, hyper-specific legalese that it could have been, but there's still no issue.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...
EbonyRose breaks down beautifully in her two posts above exactly what the deal is here. I wasn't going to, because at first I didn't want to dignify this article with a serious treatment. But yes, you can't construe the phrase "similar or identical" to marriage as denoting marriage itself. You don't look at your own house and say, 'Wow, my house is identical to my house.' You can look at ANOTHER house and say that that house is identical to yours. No court, and no one who lacks a burning desire to read it the way RM wants to read it, would be able to interpret the phrase, "legal status identical or similar to marriage" as actually including marriage.
It's not worded the way they should have, but there's nothing to worry about. Even if there's a zealous judge who might try to rule on that point, or a zealous justice of the peace who might want to go there, they won't go for it, because judges hate being reversed on appeal.