State Involvement in Marriage
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 23 October 2011, Question 1
I answered a question on state involvement in marriage on Philosophy in Action Radio on 23 October 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Should the state be involved in marriage contracts? Many people say that gay marriage shouldn't be a political issue, because the state shouldn't be involved in defining marriage at all. Is that right? Why or why not?
My Answer, In Brief: We ought to separate politics and marriage, by treating marriage like any other contract. The state has a limited but crucial role to play in marriage to ensure that marriage contracts are objective, voluntary, and enforced. However, the state should not play social engineer by deciding who can get married or the terms of that marriage.
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