This might be a controversial post for either conservative or liberal, but if you’ll give me a chance, I’ll explain why I believe civil unions are the best way to facilitate marriage from a governmental point of view.
I am a staunch Libertarian, which means I believe the liberal (generic) application of freedom gives people the greatest power to take care of themselves, and then the world’s problems. I don’t believe giving the government that power helps more than a few times before the government begins using that same power to abuse the very people who entrusted it to them.
The key here is that no one should give the government moral power over the lives of other people.
Marriage, I believe, is an example of putting a moral decision in the hands of what should otherwise be a blind governing force.
The government should remain a base-level platform that can’t decide what is “right” or “wrong.”
Let’s define civil union: Civil Union, a legal contract between two individuals who wish to share the rights to their property, wealth and life. Tot
A government shouldn’t care if that’s between a man and woman, woman and woman, man and man, brother and sister, two best friends … Suppose two old ladies finished their lives together in an old house and wanted to share what they had? They could be heterosexual, homosexual, asexual, antisexual … it shouldn’t matter to the government. It’s a voluntary contract between two people. That’s all that should matter.
If I believe God is the source of my marriage, it will be God and only God who judges whom I marry. Personally, I will marry a woman and only a woman. When I go to the state government, I don’t want to apply for a marriage license. Who is the government to give me license to bind my soul to someone else? The government has no such authority. What I want to apply for is a civil union, so that in the eyes of the law, all it sees is that one citizen wishes to contract him or herself to another citizen, to share assets and legal rights, to be treated as a union.
My marriage is between whom I marry and God.
So what say you? I don’t care if you believe in gay marriage or traditional marriage. What matters is how much power you think the government should have in approving to whom I can and cannot bind my soul.
I don’t have a much more complicated explanation than that. It really boils down to the role government has in anything to do with my culture. The government facilitates the law and only the law. Let the law stay out of my culture. I don’t have to agree with how other people use civil unions. It only matters how I use civil unions. So let all legal recognition of marriage be stripped down to citizen and citizen. God will decide the rest.