It gets the almost-comment-of-the-month because the poster is anon. Come up with a psudonym if you would like, then you can win.
Anyway, to the topic at hand:
When I got married, I had to go to the county offices and fill out a GOVERNMENT application.
#1: Local governemnt has always had contol over marriages, a fact conservatives used to embrace. #2. The hope is to get government even further out of marriage.
OK, this next one, my comments are going to [look like this].
They asked me questions like how old I was (the government won't let me get married if I'm not a certain age!) [16 in Utah, 14 in many other states], whether I was already married (the government won't let me get married if I'm currently married to someone else!) [and why not?], whether I was the opposite gender of the person I intended to marry (in the state where I got married, they wouldn't allow it if we were the same gender!), whether I was related to the person I intended to marry (they would have stopped me had we been brother and sister, or even first cousins!) [second cousins can't marry either, unless they are like 50. Oh, and it's nice to know you don't live in West Virginia]
A government official had to sign my marriage license, and I had to take it to the LDS temple and have the sealer sign the government document in his capacity as a government official.
No, the temple official signed it as a religious official, who has been given athority by the local governemnt to perform marriages. Under current rules, individual churches can decide who can and who cannot marry.
For instance, I have a minister's licence in the state of Minnesota. Whith that licence, I can legally perform marriages in Minnesota. However, the Church has not given me the authority to perform the marriage, so I cannot perform the marriage in the eyes of the Church. For that reason, I would be unable to perform a marriage legally in Utah.