Debate: Government Needs to Divorce the Marriage Business

(Posted by the national LP staff at

On AOL News, Jeffrey Miron writes that marriage should not be defined and licensed by government, but instead should be treated as a contractual relationship between individuals. He writes:

…the best path for achieving equal treatment of same-sex and opposite-sex marriage — the goal of those who support gay marriage — is to remove government provision of opposite-sex marriage, rather than extending it to same-sex marriage.

In this arena, as in many others, the way to fix bad policies is by getting rid of them, not by expanding them.

Read the whole article. AOL News notes that “Jeffrey A. Miron is senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies at Harvard University and senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He blogs at and is the author of ‘Libertarianism, From A to Z,’ from Basic Books.”

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