This bill eliminates marriage licenses and replaces them with a “declaration of marriage” that people may choose whether or not to file.
Montana Family Foundation Comments
The goal of this bill sounds admirable: “Get the government out of marriage.” After all, we all support the goal of limiting government. But this bill was introduced at the very last minute and moved halfway through the process with almost no public input. There’s been no opportunity to study the harm it might do: will children still be cared for? Will deadbeat husbands still be required to pay alimony? What gaps might be created in our social fabric without marriage licenses?
Marriage is a good thing. It reduces poverty, it reduces demand for welfare programs, it reduces violence and it encourages civic engagement. These are things that are worth defending.