THE GAY MARRIAGE SOLUTION
All the discussion of President Obama's evolved position on gay marriage prompts me to re-post this one from about 10 years ago:
"The solution - take marriage off the table. Get the body politic out of the marriage business
marriage be the private commitment that it really is. Those who wish
can choose marriage, and label it as such, in accordance with their
faith, spiritual values, ethics, or other personal beliefs. It may or
may not be church or religion-related; that depends of the tenets of the
religion and the wishes of the couple.
On the other
hand, the state should have nothing to do with the institution of
marriage. Its concern should only be civil union and the regulation of
the legalities of formation and dissolution, basic rights and
obligations of the parties, and economic benefits attendant to the
union. The state's role as protector of children remains unchanged.
So change the words, get the state completely out of the institution of 'marriage'."