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     Gay marriage, as far as the State is concerned, should not be a religious or moral question, as far as issuing marriage licenses goes. The State has no interest in what deity marriage hopefuls may or may not believe in, or if that deity approves of the persons who want to marry. Nor can the State pass a law requiring a religion to accept the union of marriage. The state does not care if a couple are in love or even if the persons like each other. The State does not care if married persons procreate or not. The State, though, does have an interest in the impact on the transfer of property (cash, real estate, etc.), and contracts (health insurance, pensions, etc.). Maybe property transfer and contracts, therefore, need to be the driving force behind the States' approval or disapproval of same-sex marriage and the issuance of marriage licenses, not the fact that they are of the same sex.
      It seems that fewer people are getting married these days. In 1960, 72 per cent 0f adults over 18 were married. Today, that number is 51 per cent. Divorce has been a factor in this lower percentage. Knowing this, I wonder why same sex couples are in a hurry to tie the knot. Do they feel, maybe, that divorce won't be their fate, or that just living together, without marrying, doesn't fulfill their dreams? Or is their longing for a right to marry just a statement of gay rights in general?