Marriage, a constitutional right?
Really, help me out. Does the constitution say anything about marriage as a basic right? If not, does the US government have any jurisdiction over marriage? I mean, if a state wants to let humans marry pine trees, what business is it of the US government? Furthermore, does the Bible give any authority to the civil magistrate (at any level) to define or endorse marriage? For example, are state-supplied marriage licenses a Biblical idea? Just wondering what you guys think about this? Seems to me the marriage covenant is between the husband, wife and their families, with the Christian covenant community present as a witness to the event, all attesting together that this marriage is according to God's Law. The state would only get involved in cases of violations of God's Law, and thus the families and church would be needed to attest to the reality of the marriage covenant, as witnesses to the state.