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How About We Try Freedom ?

Stephen Littau has a great post up at The Liberty Papers about the gay marriage debate that deserves to be read in full.

Here’s the money quote:

[W]e should be advocating for more freedom for everyone rather than restrict freedom of a group or class of people. The state should recognize the same contract rights** for a gay couple as it would between a man and a woman. To get around the whole definition of marriage issue, I would propose that as far as the state is concerned, any legally recognized intimate relationship between consenting adults should be called a “domestic partnership.” From there the churches or secular equivalent to churches should have the right to decide who they will marry and who they will not (just as they do now).

Rather than subject an individual’s rights to a vote or either party forcing their values on the other, we should instead advocate freedom of association and less government in our everyday lives.

Read the whole thing.

One Response to “How About We Try Freedom ?”

  1. Leonardo says:

    Thank you for posting this. I think that the gay movement would be more effective if it framed its debate around a theme that rights are inherent (or so the Constitution declares) and should never be put up for a ballot initiative/majority vote. Such a stance would take one’s opinions on gay marriage/gays in general out of the equation and garner a lot more support for defeating these ballot initiatives. It is simply not American to let any of us decide to infringe upon the rights of others.

    Marriage equality is not about religion but is about the government denying its extensive benefits and rights to a class of citizens. It highlights the essential problems of a sprawling welfare state that confiscates wealth and decides how it should be spent. Gays are not advocating for the Mormon Church to accept them, but they want equal access to the 12.5% tax they and their employers pay for social security, inheritence tax relief and IRS code equal treatment.

    If we did not amend the Constitution to have an income tax and had no social security I doubt gay marriage would be an issue. Since neither of those will go away in our lifetimes, it is only fair to treat all citizens equally under the law and not let religion or a popular vote rule the day. I cannot say it better than the 14th amendment does:

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

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