Friday, April 4, 2014
Why Gay Marriage Isn't a Libertarian Ideal
Forgive me, my libertarian friends, but you're ideas about same sex marriage and the ideal of government non-interference are wrong. And that ideal is the reason I'm not a libertarian.
I was talking with several libertarian friends the other day about same sex marriage. Their response to the whole controversy was to claim that somehow the extension of marriage to same sex couples somehow or another (I'm not sure how) decreases government control.
Yet the proponents of same sex marriage have no such ideal in mind by pushing their dogma into the political arena. Instead of decreased government control, same sex marriage enforces new laws that increase government and use the force of government against the age-old institution of marriage, and against religious freedom.
If homosexuals had pushed to get rid of government licensed marriages altogether, I could see the libertarian point of view. That would indeed reduce government control over the institution of marriage.
Instead, however, gay rights activists, homosexuals, and a whole host of deluded people push for government interference and legal protection for same sex marriages.
And that, in a nutshell, is why the whole "marriage equality" doctrine is dangerous for the people of the United States.
Whenever special interests can gain enough political power, as the gay movement seems to have done, to force their version of morality on the rest of the country, that power then has the force of government behind it. Unfortunately, since the ideology of same sex marriage is based on immoral and harmful premises, the laws may be passed, but will never gain legitimacy.
This is why, after 50 years, Americans are still debating the issue of abortion. Yes, abortion is legal, but the government that supports it cannot claim legitimacy. Instead, such a government can only claim the rule of force.
And that is why libertarians who support same sex marriage are wrong. Such a view about changing marriage law only increases government power.