Presuming for this discussion a license should be needed to get married, why isn't it a good idea to promote counseling in exchange for a free license? If gov't is involved in marriage, promoting counseling might not be such a bad idea. Its less offensive than many other ideas governments come up with at times. Might do some people some good, save money, and deny money to government through "taxes' of this type. I license my dog, not because they ask, but in case my dogs gets lost and it helps in perhaps finding him through shelters and such. Also, 1/2 of my dog license fee goes to neuter animals for reduced fees at shelters, which I approve.