Marriage Equality from a Republican

Had a conversation with my father tonight about marriage equality; well, it didn’t exactly start that way, but one mention of libertarianism will suffice to bring it up.

My contention — aside from a fundamental issue of equality — is that why isn’t marriage endorsed and given special rights and privileges by the federal and state governments alike simply a civil contract? Marriage is a contract between two individuals; if they’re to be afforded rights and privileges single couples aren’t afforded, shouldn’t that contract be a civil and non-secular contract? Common sense would seem to dictate so. Clergy can sanctify your marriage if you so choose, but as regards the state, marriage should be a matter of civil uniting of wealth and purposes. That seems a definition that’s not only logical but would guarantee marriage equality.

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~ by Benji on 14 September 2012.

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