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Old 14th March 2012, 04:20 AM   #29870  /  #9
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Originally Posted by JEROME DA GNOME View Post
Why is the State needed to sanction any marriage, why are there privileges at all?
I'd say it's an overhang from the days of theocracy. In the past few decades the importance of marriage has significantly eroded, For instance, in Australia today the difference in legal terms between couples that are formally married and those who live together informally is almost zero. A previous Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, initiated serious legislative reforms to that effect between 1972 and 1975. Other Prime Ministers built on this, and Kevin Rudd identified and did away with 52 inequities concerning pension, superannuation, inheritance and other such matters until 2010. I would think similar developments occurred in other socially liberal democracies.
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