Don’t let flamers chase you off FR. You’re not alone in thinking the government shouldn’t be running a giant religious-conservative social engineering program, any more than it should be running a giant atheist-leftist social engineering program. Government should be facilitating the free choices of responsible, non-criminal, economically self-sufficient citizens.
As for gay marriage, what we really need is to get government out of marriage altogether. The idea of government regulating and licensing people’s family arrangements should be abhorrent to anyone who values freedom. Government regulation of marriage has an ugly history, including barring marriages (and in former times, simultaneously making sexual relations illegal) in conflict with people’s ethical and/or religious beliefs — the miscegenation laws, and the federal military intervention to stop the 19th century Mormons from practicing polygamy, are two key examples. Another was the state of Ohio refusing to recognize marriages performed by Mormon clergy *before* the practice of polygamy had been introduced, on the grounds that the Mormon religion was not a “legitimate” religion.
As for gay marriage, what we really need is to get government out of marriage altogether. The idea of government regulating and licensing peoples family arrangements should be abhorrent to anyone who values freedom.
Indeed. I have about as much sympathy for pro-social-engineering “conservatives” who are now wailing and moaning about liberal-directed social engineering as I do for any other variety of idiot who is suffering the readily predictable consequences of his folly.