Comparative Models for Transitioning from Religious to Civil Marriage Systems

22 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2015

See all articles by Brett G. Scharffs

Brett G. Scharffs

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

Suzanne Disparte

Independent

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Looking to other models of civil marriage can only be suggestive rather than prescriptive. It is unlikely that the solution in any one place will serve as a template or road map that can be used to navigate very different terrain.

One of the most important approaches that we can take when dealing with difficult social and political issues is to think about the issue from the point of view of the minority (when we find ourselves in the religious or political majority) and from the point of view of the majority (when we are in a political or religious minority). Ultimately, all of us benefit from the realization that, when it comes to religion, we all belong to a religious minority. In the flat, crowded and dangerous world in which we live, there is no such thing as a religious majority. Even Christians, with their billion or so, and Muslims, with their billion or so, are a religious minority when we think from a global perspective. Remembering the rights and interests of minorities is especially important at times when we find ourselves in temporary or localized majorities. Our claims to be treated fairly and with respect when we are in the minority will be stronger if we treat others fairly and with respect when we are in the majority.

Keywords: religion, marriage, minority, majority, respect, fairness, Christian, Muslim, global, rights, interests

Suggested Citation

Scharffs, Brett G. and Disparte, Suzanne, Comparative Models for Transitioning from Religious to Civil Marriage Systems (2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2600263 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2600263

Brett G. Scharffs (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School ( email )

430 JRCB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
United States

Suzanne Disparte

Independent

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
23
Abstract Views
479
PlumX Metrics