I'm not sure you're understanding my POV about all this. But that could be my fault because I will confess I understood common law marriage as two people living together with no thought of marriage whatsoever and the state deciding for them they will now be legally recognized as being married after a certain period of time whether they want to be or not. I thought that was going to happen to my son and my brother in their respective relationships in their states. I see that is NOT going to happen. They will remain legally unmarried until they purposely get married. Common law marriage according to that definition is NOT recognized in their states. And that is the common law 'marriage license-less' marriage I resist in the church. If I was a pastor I'd turn you right around at the door and say come back when you're really married.