Same-sex marriage spam
March 10, 2008
Someone posted a not-entirely-spammy comment on the GOPork post which was completely off-topic and aimed solely at promoting the website for a documentary about same-sex marriage. Based on the tone of the comment, the poster perhaps mistook my post for an attack on the GOP itself. I marked the comment as spam, because that’s what it was.
To give whoever a chance for a more contextual post, I might as well state that I do not believe the secular State has any place recognizing or delegitimizing the rituals and sacraments known as marriage. Those are a matter for private belief and practice in accordance with the norms of one’s chosen religious or irreligious community. What the state should do is allow adults to form contracts and have them enforced and respected by the institutions of the state and civil society. Citizens should be able to make decisions for themselves about inheritance, power of attorney, insurance benefits, and so on. The private sector will work out the ways to accommodate these freedoms, but it should never be the case that default assumptions are made based on random quasi-religious social standards. Contracts can, of course, revert to the same defaults, but let them be specified in the contract.
That just seems more sensible and in line with the principles of our Constitution.