David Harsanyi agrees:
Time for a Divorce
writing in Townhall
[I]sn't it about time we freed marriage from the state?
Imagine if government had no interest in the definition of marriage. Individuals could commit to each other, head to the local priest or rabbi or shaman -- or no one at all -- and enter into contractual agreements, call their blissful union whatever they felt it should be called and go about the business of their lives.
Who cares? Is there any other personal relationship that is defined by government? Other than in legal terms, of course, this one isn't, either.
Yet we have decided that a majority on the Supreme Court or, perhaps, a majority of the voters in your state or, even worse, a majority of the legislators in your state have the power to define what is often the most intimate bond of your life.
In our Utopian vision, no group is empowered to dictate what marriage should mean to another. And one of the great perks would be the end of this debate. [link]
We license dogs. And marriages. Why?
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* There will be those who will point out my enthusiastic support for Virginia's constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman and argue now that I'm being hypocritical. I'm more than willing to drop my support for that amendment the day the state of Virginia frees the institution of marriage from government control. If the Episcopal Church then wants to marry throngs of gays, and continue to implode, that's its business.