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Blockchain Marriages, the Way of the Future?

More people are using blockchain marriages to individualize their marital contracts. Will it change the way we marry?

Back to marriage’s beginnings

Moving agreements to the Blockchain detaches the vows from the court system, the political system, jurisdictional geography, and third parties in general, among which the state itself. It’s a form of privatizing your own marriage, transferring it from the public sector to the realm of private decision making — the two people who actually make the marriage happens — where it belongs. Recall that aside from the technology here, this private status is precisely how marriage has been contracted for nearly all of human history until fairly recently. Marriage has only been the monopoly of the state for little more than one-hundred years. That’s when we got this thing called a marriage license, and it wasn’t long before the politicians were using the institution for its own purposes, deciding who you could marry and could not.

Privatizing marriage

Marriage’s next step

I actually think it has much more humanity than the conventional marriage contracts, within a church or a nations state for instance, because you can choose much more what fits you precisely and you can choose if you want to marry someone of the same gender, you can choose if you want to marry more than two people, if you want to have a polyamorous marriage for instance — many of these things that are illegal and manage your decisions for you around the world. So you can choose what code of law you want to follow. What do you prefer, civil law, common law or Sharia law or any other kind? You can choose how you prefer to resolve disputes, according to your own culture. The options are indefinite. And you can also tie it into a range of other contracts, like a childcare contract that you manage between all parties in the family unit. You can choose how you want to save, you can put a land title in the contract, manage all of those assets so it is actually much more humane in the sense that you can put whatever you want into it and you manage it in a much more flexible way, instead of having just a static, standard, one-size fits all, open-ended agreement.”

Blockchain marriage contracts exist as islands of sort, disconnected from other contracts such as property titles, wills, birth certificates and child care agreements: all of which are essential features of conventional marriages. For this reason blockchain marriages are largely symbolic, so far.

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Award-winning journalist, coauthor of “The New I Do: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels,” mom, changing the narrative about older women

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