Thought Paper Number 1-The Idea of Abolishing Marriage as a Legal Entity
“Marriage is one of the most important experiences of a person’s life, but like any legal process, it can get complicated. (How Marriage Works). “When you need license to do something it means either people in general are not mature enough to do it or it needs special skills, which are to be tested before you can be allowed to do it. So, if you have license to do something, it means you are different and special from the rest of the herd.” (What is a marriage license). Since it is obvious that there are no special skills needed for marriage, it is safe to assume that maturity is the issue at hand. Allowing people of any age to marry would be preposterous. For example, girls in foreign countries such as India and Afghanistan traditionally wed before their twelfth birthday. Many of these relationships proved to be hostile to the girls involved. The United States has enough domestic violence with age requirements on marriage. We don’t need to add the element of adding no age requirement to marriage. The idea of abolishing marriage as a legal entity is foolish. Doing so would be like attempting to recreate the heavens and earth. Just to name a few legal benefits married people receive that single people do not…Tax benefits such as filing joint tax returns, the ability to receive Medicare, Social Security, disability and veteran’s benefits for a spouse, and discount or family rates for auto, health and homeowners insurance.
To begin with…Tax returns. Married people not only receive a higher standard deduction, they also have the option to file one of two ways. “If you are married you have the option of “married filing jointly” of “married filing separately.”. “Filing separately is like filing when you were single but many deductions and tax incentives for the government get cut in half.” (Is it better to claim single or married for taxes?). If you and your spouse decide to file a joint...
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