What Many People Miss in the Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage

I’ve generally been avoiding politics lately, but there are still things that get under my skin and make me a seething ball of libertarian rage. Today it’s the reactions to North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage.

This democratic decision has given rise to cheers from right-wingers who apparently thought the country was going to hell otherwise, but has sparked anger from the left who, in their ever-present tolerance, are now slinging insults against those close-minded, incestuous southerners.

As a Christian, I believe that God forbids same-sex marriage, and that it is wrong on moral grounds.

However, as a Christian libertarian, I don’t believe that those morals should be legislated upon non-Christians.

Under the law of the land, I think it should be completely permissible for a person to marry his or her cousin, same-sex partner, or dog, as long as it’s all consensual. It’s none of my business—God can take care of it. He knows what’s going on.

What does this mean? It means that this shouldn’t even be a political issue. Sure, it’s an issue, and we can debate it until the cows come home. But the government has no place in marriage. The Constitution says nothing about it. However, the government is so overreaching now that many people can’t even comprehend a world where something—gasp!—might not even be the government’s business.

This is what I just posted on Facebook:

If you uphold freedom of speech, you have to be prepared to hear things you don’t like.
If you uphold democracy as the ideal form of government, you have to recognize that at some point people will vote for something you think is stupid.
Then again, you could get government out of marriage entirely, since defining marriage is not government’s job in the first place.

What makes me particularly angry: People A who tout the virtues of “democracy” but mock People B for practicing this oh-so-sacred right if People B don’t vote the way People A think they should.

Now, as a defender of free speech, I believe that People A still have the right to mock People B. And I still have the right to think that they’re terrible hypocrites, and if they love democracy so much, they need to shut up and let it do its terrible, terrible job.

So I beg you, FOR ONCE, think outside the box. What if we don’t need government for this AT ALL?

5 thoughts on “What Many People Miss in the Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage

  1. Applause! Your facebook post prompted me to do a little bit of digging for “definitions” of marriage throughout time and across cultures. Definitely some interesting finds, and it truly reinforced my own opinion, which coincides with yours.

    Also, isn’t it great how Willy Wonka drives the point right home, no matter what?!

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