Can you explain to me how it makes logical good sense to have legal marriage that isn't recognized everywhere within one country? Forget the China part.
Bonita you are again missing the point. Say their GED's were not accepted in 40 states simply because they had been homeschooled. Would that make sense? Would it make sense that they met the criteria and were precluded from going to college in 40 states simply because of a bias against homeschooling even though their degree was as valid as anyone else's?
To be honest, I do not really care who someone has sex with as long as they do not do it in front of me. I do not really care either who someone chooses to marry. I do however, think Texas should be able to make their own laws.
So you think that Texas should be able to not recognize legal marriage that happens in America? In a country, it's okay to have legal marriage not recognized within its borders? That makes sense?
Let's say in TX possession of 1 gram of pot is a felony carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. A TX resident is arrested, released on bail, and while awaiting trial, flees to WA. In WA, it's not even a crime. But...the person is pulled over for speeding and the cops find a felony warrant in TX for the pot charge. The cops call TX and they say to extradite the criminal. WA can't say no because they choose not to have the same laws as TX - if TX wants him, TX gets him.
Do you think no state should have to recognize what goes on in TX as one of the 50 states?
Degree from TX A&M? Yeah, that's nice but you're in OK now, you'll have to start all over. Law school at Harvard? Yeah, your undergraduate degree is from TX so start all over or never leave TX.
Driver's license from TX? Nope, sorry can't drive in NM.
Started school in TX? Too bad, your child has to go back to kindergarten because we don't regonize public schools in TX.
Got married in TX? Well, you're suddenly single when you go to LA. Got married in NV but divorced in TX? Nope. Still married by NV's terms.
CS order issued in TX? Oh well, the NCP moved to NM so she/he no longer has to give you any money and their ain't nothing you can do about it.
Protection order issued in TX and you vacation in AR? Sucks to be you if your stalker follows you. AR isn't going to help you until you get to court in AR - better plan your vacation around your trip to the courthouse.
It's not that TX wants to make their own laws; it's that they want to ignore the rest of the states' rights to do so.
If Texans want to live in a bubble that's fine. But you can't expect other states to recognize your laws - even the ones we don't agree with - if you aren't going to recognize the laws of other states.
Funny thing though:
The very reason there was a need for DOMA in the first place was so states didn't have to recognize a valid marriage from another state. Were it not for DOMA all states would have to recognize a same sex marriage from a different state.
(As for the three states that don't recognize marriages of 1st cousins performed in other states, it has not been challenged at the federal level but it probably wouldn't hold up to a legal challenge.)