“You realize that two people can have a legal, presentable, and binding document without having a Government stamp/signature on it... dont you?”
Self-contradiction there... if it is ‘legal’ its purpose is to hold up in court - that’s Government recognition.
“You seem to believe that without a government stamp tax then nothing is legal or lawful or provable in a court of law?”
LOL. So you will try up your own contracts to do exactly the same thing as what a legal marriage license does and go through all that both to save the $50 filing fee?!?!?
“Then read up on how marriage contracts (heck, even Wills) were drawn up in pioneer America, pre-1750.”
Um, these are contracts, legally binding - intended to hold up in front of a government agent aka judge in a court of law.
Methinks you are trying real hard to split hairs. if you want to consider your real marriage what the priest did, fine, but government and legal recognition hinges on goign to the courthouse.
It would be great if we could just convince gay couples that a gay-church priest is all they need to be ‘married’ but thats not what they want. They want the courthouse seal of approval.