If marriage is "just a piece of paper," as so many in our day and age suggest, then this logic transfers to how we view marriage laws. Br. Clement Dickie, OP, explores the issue in his recent article on "Dominicana" --
Our national conversation seems to assume that marriage is whatever the state licenses as marriage. But would we say the same thing about other activities licensed by the state? Does a driver’s license make someone a driver or a medical license, a doctor? Of course not! After all, there are unlicensed drivers and unlicensed doctors. They may be breaking the law, and they may be dangerous, but they do exist. On the other hand, if the state handed out medical licenses to all who applied without examining their qualifications, would we rightly call those licensed “doctors”?
Read the rest here.