A few weeks ago I had the chance to exchange words on politics with a good friend of mine who sits on the County Democratic Central Committee. As conversations that start about politics usually end up we ended up talking about marriage and government's role in our lives.
I told my friend my option of marriage. "When are we going to tell government enough is enough?" I said. He responded, "That's not very good Republican Talk." The conversation left off from there and we went about our day fishing in near 40-degree weather, a practical heat wave.
My full belief is in a limited government. The more limited the government, the more freedoms people can enjoy. So why do we insist that a thing like government regulate intimacy? When people say gay marriage, tempers flare, but what if we said human sexual relations instead. Why are we letting the government decide how consenting people have sex? It's crazy; it's quite absurd when you think about it. Why on earth would we let government decide such a thing?
It seems like society is looking to government to solve all of its problems. What happened to communities getting families and neighbors together and making differences? It still happens, but becomes rarer and rarer as people choose to be governed rather than governing themselves. Neighbors go to government to 'fix' their neighbors when they could go and talk to them and resolve their issues together.
It makes sense that society would regulate itself; that's what religion is for and it makes sense that religion could dictate what sexual relations people can have that are members of that religion. It's called chastity.
What doesn't make sense is why we are allowing government to 'govern' relationships between competent human beings.
I am not an advocate of gay marriage. I fully believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman and that those family relationships are central to society's success. However I do not believe that it is government's role to make that choice for society. Society should choose for itself. Restricting gay marriage isn't going to make those couples less gay. They are free to choose the way they live.
If someone's religious beliefs dictate how to act in relationships, that's okay because it's what they subscribe to, that's what they want. Government should not regulate what society itself should handle.
Where are we going to draw the line on what government can and cannot regulate? What's next?