I have a question and I'm not sure if this is the correct thread/forum or not.
But I've been thinking about the shapeshifter mating/marriage concept. Essentially, when Kate moved into Curran's quarters in the Keep, they became officially mated and the equilivent of married in shapeshifter society.
Now, the shapeshifters have what I would define as their own nation within the Southern US area. They have their own laws and so forth. Similar to Native Americans in the US.
I'm wondering whether human society would recognize their marriage in a strictly legal sense. Will Kate be viewed as Curran's spouse or as his girlfriend #9 or whatever by the Order, People, Guild, etc; Just as she predicted to Curran. Do the humans understand shapeshifter customs and laws? Do they honor those laws? Even Kate, who is more familiar with shapeshifter customs than most humans didn't really understand all the implications of mating with Curran until Aunt B told her the score.