JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Dec. 8, 2017) A bill prefiled in the Missouri House would replace marriage licenses in the state with “contracts of domestic union,” effectively nullifying in practice both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage.
Rep. T.J. Berry prefiled House Bill 1434 (HB1434) this month. The legislation would amend current marriage-related state laws by replacing marriage licenses with “contracts of domestic union.” In practice, the state’s role in marriage would be limited to recording marriage contracts entered into by consenting adults or with parental consent if under the age of 18.
The proposed law would change all references un/married persons in state law to those “not party to a contract of domestic union” and swap all mentions of “marriage” with “contracts of domestic union.” Further, it removes a section of state law that specifically defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and that prohibits same-sex couples from receiving marriage licenses.
Two people wishing to enter into a domestic union would only need to submit a contract to their county’s recorder of deeds that includes their names, a statement they are legally authorized to enter into the contract, and their signatures. …
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