That's what they do in Europe. You go down to the city hall and you become legally connected. You have a civil union there. Then, if you're religious, you go down to the church, and the church blesses the union. That gets the problem solved.
I'm not denying that depression can be spiritually induced. Guilt from having wronged and hurt others can bring it on. A sense of having failed to live out the will of God can give rise to depression. Certainly the fear of death and what might follow can sap the joy out of life.
If marriage really is a sacred institution, then why is the government controlling it, especially in a nation that affirms separation of church and state?
In short, I'm not sure that the abortion problem can be solved by legislation. I think it can only be solved through moral persuasion.
Alfred Edward Housman
Henry L. Stimson