A lawmaker's solution for marriage debate: Remove the state

     (AP) – A Republican Missouri lawmaker says he has a

solution to end tense debates over same-sex marriage.

     Rep. T.J. Berry wants to take government out of marriage and leave it to

houses of worship by classifying such legal partnerships as domestic unions.

     His bill, pre-filed ahead of the 2017 legislative session, has been met by

criticism from LGBT rights and religious rights groups, who worry it would

diminish the significance of marriage.

     Human Rights Campaign legal director Sarah Warbelow says it could also mean

couples in domestic unions wouldn’t get the same federal benefits as married



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