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Is Common Law Marriage an Option for Same Sex Marriages?

Over the past decade there certainly has been a progression in the right direction for those desiring to be legally married for couples of the same sex.
While this may be a sign of the times to truly understand that each human being should be able to have their own freedom to date, marry and reside with whomever they choose to.
There will always be religious arguments over this issue, but that can be just as equally frustrating for the millions of teen mothers in the world, the single parents struggling to get by and the couples that suffer from abusive spouses as well.
None of those are social circumstances anyone would intend on or wish for, but they are happening and studies have shown that it is those households that are much more violent and unhappy homes than the vast majority of same sex households.
Common law marriage can certainly play a role if you reside in a state that permits it.
In the United States but only fifteen states recognize common law marriages as a legal union.
Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Caroline, Texas, New Hampshire, Georgia, Idaho, Ohio, Utah are the only places where you can form a common law union that is legally bounding.
Many mistake common law marriages for one that only permits couples that have resided together for seven years to be considered a married couple.
This is actually completely false, you must abide by your individual state laws for common law marriages, as each one is different and some have only considered the policy recently; such as a couple that has formed their union prior to the year 1997 in the state of Georgia, but those that have begun living together after those years they do not qualify for the common law union.
The common law can play a valid role for those in a same sex relationship should they reside in one of those states and wish to be considered a married couple through this option.
It allows them the complete their tax filings together just as a male and female married couple would, it allows them to publicly be recognized as a married couple and it also permits them to use one another's last name.
Is common law marriage a good thing for those seeking a legal same sex marriage? Perhaps, but only if they reside in one of those states or are willing to move to one of them.
While there are currently many states permitting the unions and many same sex couples are marrying in those states, it is not a large enough number of states that it will accommodate the majority or even half of the number of same sex couples seeking a legal marriage in the US.
Should a government have the power to tell you who you can marry and who you cannot in this day and age? That is up to your own personal opinion, but with the way changes are being made to help these couples, it would not be surprising to see in the next few years the entire country permitting same sex marriages.


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