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Wednesday October 03 2012

I am a godless supporter of gay marriage, but I do love this, not just because it says Don’t Vote Obama, but because it says it so eloquently.  He is such a great speaker.

Proof that eloquent speaking straight to camera is more than good enough for the YouTube age.

Thanks, yet again, to Instapundit.

Well, assuming you are still libertarian, I take it you mean you want the state out of the marriage business.  If not, you are legitimizing the state’s power to control by re-defining a word.  Gay people, unfortunately, do not realize that the hell wrought by bringing this about will largely fall upon their heads, as their relationships begin to fall under the heel of the divorce/family courts.
I believe this to be the true impetus behind such a move- lawyers are the bastard children of the modern state, and she needs more pretext under which to feed her hungry horde.

Posted by August on 04 October 2012

August:

Yes, this posting is not really about my views on gay marriage, but here are my views, unchanged since I wrote that.

I other words, we agree.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 04 October 2012

Do I think the state should be involved in marriage? No.

I think, though, that there can be privately negotiated marriage contracts, however, and these may take standard forms, and these may be legally enforceable, however. (As far as I can tell, this is approximately what the state of affairs was in the time of Jane Austen’s novels. The characters in them go to great length to negotiate the “marriage articles” or “the settlement” before a marriage takes place).

Given, though, that state sanctioned marriage does exist, and various benefits can be gained from it (immigration benefits, access to health care, in some instances taxation benefits etc etc) I don’t think there is any reason why people should be treated differently depending on sexual orientation, so if heterosexual marriage exists then homosexual marriage should exist too.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 04 October 2012
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