A Modest Proposal

Troy pointed me to this Michael Kinsley article in Slate, and this is probably the most libertarian idea I’ve gotten behind in a while, but it makes a great deal of sense. Now that Lawerence v. Texas gets the government out of gay sex, undoubtedly (and ironically) folks will be soon arguing to bring the government into gay marriage. Kinsley has another solution:
to end the institution of marriage. Or rather (he hastens to clarify, Dear) the solution is to end the institution of government-sanctioned marriage. Or, framed to appeal to conservatives: End the government monopoly on marriage. Wait, I’ve got it: Privatize marriage.
Let people marry how they want, and let it mean nothing to the government. Let questions of property and children be decided by commitments instead of paper. Happens already…

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