Proposition 8, which attempted to define marriage in California as a union between one man and one woman, died at the hands of one United States district court judge, whose territorial jurisdiction is limited to the federal territory in California.  Prop 8 died in part because the State of California Governor and Attorney General refused […]

What do these English word combinations have in common?  They all describe a human adult relationship which is not widely recognized by American written law although gay and same sex marriages are finding wider acceptance among the public and written law courts. Ironically, as more States legalize same sex marriage, recognition of common law marriages […]

First, let’s review.   The four Organic Laws of the United States of America represent four different constitutions above the level of the States.  The Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776 mentions an unwritten Constitution:  “He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; […]

The State of New York does not recognize a common law marriage, but legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in New York is going to Governor Cuomo, who is expected to approve the bill by signing his name to it. The English common law is the law in 49 of the 50 States of the Confederacy […]

The State of California, which is a State of the United States, does not recognize common law marriage, an unlicensed marriage between a man and a woman, simply because the heterosexual couple has not paid for the privilege of being married in territory owned by or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States of […]

I teach my Students that law is all about relationships, because, in American society, every major problem is thought to be eventually resolved by the United States Supreme Court.  No matter what the problem the court of last resort will weigh in and the law will prevail.  For about 200 years, Americans have bought the […]

Organic laws and organic marriage can make life on earth seem like heaven.  The Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776 freed Americans from a British king and common law marriage created a Union that freed men and women from government. The first and second Organic Laws, the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of […]

Article 3 Section 1: “The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land,” explains why common law marriages are not recognized in the State of California. The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States […]

The States of Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and the district, Washington, D.C. recognize the validity of their own common law marriages and other common law marriages, if those marriages were entered into, in one of the States, which recognize them.  This means 41 of the 50 State governments […]

The Defense of Marriage Act, 1USC7: “In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word “marriage” means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” […]

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