Nice Post Lady C, personally I don't see why you have to even have the STATE involved in your relationship in the first place. Marriage was created to hand down land and assets and only the rich ever got married. Before the creation of this institution man stood before God and declared his love for his wife, there was no piece of paper. Now we do it just so we can put our spouses on our health insurance.
I have been with my first cousin for 33 years and we are still very much in love, there is a bond between us that can never be broken. No matter what anyone has ever said or whispered about us we don't care, God has put us together and we have a very happy and rewarding life. Love knows no bounds! Eric