Posted on September 19, 2019 at 4:00 AM
We have had a long debate in the United States about who can marry whom. But can you marry the dead?
In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage (Loving v. Virginia). In 2015, the court ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples (Obergefell v. Hodges). Those are good decisions.
But perhaps pushing the concept of marriage too far is a recent story reported by Taiwanese media about a man marrying his girlfriend after she was determined dead but before organ procurement. Prior debates concerned what KIND of person you can marry. But at least we all agreed that you may only marry PERSONS.
Yes, there have been periodic reports of human-goat or human-cow marriages. But human-corpse is new. On the other hand, perhaps this was only symbolic and ceremonial and not an actual “marriage.”