Imagine for a moment that it was the prevailing practice in public schools to require mandatory Christian prayers services, and that students could be paddled, suspended, or expelled for failure to participate.
I am convinced that a certain block of “libertarians” would be saying, “Let’s just focus on getting the government out of education altogether! Let’s leave it to the states to decide! We shouldn’t be wasting time trying to stop religiously-motivated discrimination!”
Look, we get it: government shouldn’t be in the marriage business. But the government shouldn’t be in a lot of businesses (I have serious questions about whether government should be in the governing business). That does not excuse violating individuals’ fundamental rights while they’re at it. Advocating for equality before the law is not a “distraction” from the libertarian project–it is a core piece of it.
My point is that libertarians should stop repeating ‘government shouldn’t be in the marriage business’ every time the subject of marriage equality comes up. It’s not relevant to the question of whether gays should have the same rights as straight people do.
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