Get The Government Out Of Marriage

My latest column is up at Right Wing News!

Here is an excerpt:

The United States Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in a suit over California’s Prop 8, which amended the state’s constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.  The LGBT lobby has been fighting Prop 8 tooth and nail since even before the bill was up for a vote, and the latest court ruling, which came from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, overturned the amendment.  Despite anything written in the U.S. Constitution, there really is no telling how the Supreme Court will come down in this case, at this point in time.  But the larger question is, should the government be involved in marriage at all anymore?

The entire point of involving the government in marriage was to encourage people to engage in an institution that acts as a stabilizing factor in civilized society.  The nuclear family: one man and one woman with their children, has long been shown to bring stability to society that aids in prosperity and the health of society as a whole.  The traditional nuclear family, when undertaken by responsible people, is the most stable way to perpetuate society.  This is an important factor: government endorsement of marriage has never been about “love;” it has always been about the stabilizing influence that successful marriages have on society.

But our modern society has degraded the definition of marriage to the point where it is almost meaningless today.  The prevalence of no-fault divorce has led to more and more marriages being dissolved – marriage is hard work, and there are too many people in our modern society who are more than willing to take the easy way out for marriage to play the same stabilizing role that it once played.  It doesn’t help that the government has further degraded marriage as a stabilizing institution in society by subsidizing single motherhood and fatherless families through government welfare programs.  But that being said, I am a believer in traditional marriage, which is why I would rather see the government get out of the marriage business altogether.

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