Federal Judge Decriminalized Polygamy

Oh, and did you hear: A Utah Federal judge decriminalized polygamy. The ride into Hell just got culturally much bumpier. NPR reports, The case is high profile partly because the suit was brought forth by the Brown family, the stars of the TLC show Sister Wives. It’s also important because as it works its way through the appeals process, it has the potential to become a landmark. As the Salt Lake Tribune reads the decision, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups says the part of the law that Read more […]

On Marriage Equality, Part 4: An Agreement, a Contract, or a Covenant?

When two people make promises to one another, those promises can be enforced in three basic ways: by the people themselves, by an external institution with authority over those people, or by God. Marriage then, as such a binding promise, has three possible sources of enforcement. Libertarians want a private agreement that is enforced only by the people involved in the agreement. As we have seen, this solution allows for a great deal of abuse. For one, the more powerful of the two parties will Read more […]

On Marriage Equality, Part 3: Red in Tooth and Claw

Since at least the founding of America and even before, the idea that some law existed in the natural order that could organize human society has been sort of the brass ring for philosophers of ethics. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could tap the intrinsic moral code written into the universe? Then we wouldn’t need tyrannical governments to tell us what to do. We wouldn’t need a Bible or some other book to tell us what was right. We’d have finally uncovered independent and universal morals. Why Read more […]

On Marriage Equality, Part 2: Live and Let Die

One thing you’ve got to hand to the libertarian approach: it’s pretty easy to understand. Live and let live. Keep the civil government out of it. A lot of libertarians like to talk about how the definition of marriage is not for the civil government to make. They believe marriage is a private and consensual contract, and it therefore shouldn’t matter what the civil government says about it. One libertarian group said, “Real equality would be a government that is not in charge of marriage.” I Read more […]

On Marriage Equality, Part 1: Spite and Self-Loathing

While the Supreme Court tries to figure out the most politically expedient way to avoid having to make a decision about “gay” “marriage,” I thought it would be interesting to look at a few different approaches to the civil government and holy matrimony. Today, I’ll be expressing my puzzlement with the homosexual perspective. The homosexual perspective on marriage puzzles me on many fronts. It’s like a penguin resenting its classification as a flightless bird and wanting to be numbered Read more […]

‘Marriage Equality’ Spells ‘Marriage Extinction’

Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the most critical cases of our time related to marriage equality. On Tuesday, March 26, attorneys will make the pitch both for and against California’s Proposition 8. This, of course, is the Golden State’s pro-marriage amendment. It maintained the timeless definition of natural marriage as between man and wife. Then, on Wednesday, March 27, the high court will consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Read more […]