Marriage in a free society

In all the fuss a few years back about gay marriage, a lot of people didn't realize that the State wasn't always looked to as the marriage authority, and before that the Church wasn't either. In an op-ed in the New York Times, Stephanie Coontz writes some excellent historical reminders about marriage in the past—and, for libertarians, hopefully the future too—and why these two mammoth institutions I don't particularly care for got their dirty paws on it.

Via Jesse Walker at Hit and Run

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I recently learned that my

I recently learned that my in the remote country, a priest performing a religious marriage ceremony on an unmarried couple (from the state's point of view) faces penal sanction.

Is it the same in the U.S.?

The legislation doesn't include a definition of what constitutes a religious marriage but I believe it has already been enforced.