Marriage & Government
There has been much controversy generated over the subject of marriage in America. As with most issues, the partisan duopoly has offered opposing positions regarding how marriage should be legally defined in Civil Law. Absent from this mainstream narrative has been the matter of questioning the STATE's presumed authority over the definition and institution of marriage.
The fact remains that the marriage covenant is a private contract rather than public. The STATE has no just authority interfering in or violating the Natural Right of Private Contract and Privacy. Therefore, not only is the STATE acting illegally with regard to the private contract of marriage, but every private contract where the STATE is involved.
Further, marriage is a religious matter rather than secular. The STATE has no just authority interfering in or violating the Natural Right of Self-Ownership and Free Will, which includes matters of personal choice regarding religion and philosophy.
The STATE can only justly be involved in matters of private contracts in those situations where the individuals cannot resolve a conflict on their own and elect to seek a tort resolve. Otherwise, the STATE has no just authority.
Noteworthy: a "license" is permission given to do an act, which without such permission is illegal. Therefore, by issuing any license the STATE asserts that one must ask its permission before performing such act, without the just authority to do so with regard to any natural right.