29. June 2015 07:57
Government has used marriage to control religions for hundreds of years. For just one example, for hundreds of years in England all that was required (still government control of marriage over one's religious views) was that it be performed by an Anglican priest. Then the Marriage Act of 1753 preventing "secret marriages" requiring licenses (government permission) to marry.
Even tough government control of religion through marriage is centuries if not thousands of years old, Utah is the model example here in the United States. [More]