Did you know that State marriage licenses were only introduced after the US civil war as a way to control an apartheid on mixed race marriage? And then only in 1923 did the need for a license become universal. Campaign For Liberty — Decrease Government Control of Marriage I agree with this guy. Why the fuck should the State dictate my personal relationships? In the UK they will impose their laws on my relationships even if I haven't agreed to a marriage or any other contact. Just living with someone long enough means that the State can seize my assets etc etc. This is crazy isn't it? Does anyone know of anywhere in the world where the State keeps it's fat face out of your private business.