Before God or Uncle Sam?

Stephanie Coontz has an interesting article in today’s New York Times on the history of marriage. She contends that the government has no business being in the marriage business:

Perhaps it’s time to revert to a much older marital tradition. Let churches decide which marriages they deem “licit.” But let couples — gay or straight — decide if they want the legal protections and obligations of a committed relationship.

Certainly if marriage is the sacred institution most believe it to be, it doesn’t need the government to protect it. It is also interesting to note that the more government has become involved in marriage, the greater we see increases in divorce rates and cohabitation. I’m not saying that government is responsible for this, but it clearly suggests that if we want to protect marriage, using the power of government to do it might not be the best strategy.

Via Ben Cunningham.

UPDATE: This post is taking part in the Beltway Traffic Jam.

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