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Beck, Marriage and The State of The Union

hmcdonald Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 9:55 AM
Blackwell did not answer Beck's claim that the state should not be involved in regulating marriage. I think traditional marriage is a vital underpinning of a just and prosperous society but do not understand why the state should be involved in regulating it.
MoonYogert Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 10:26 AM
It wasn't a question and he did address it. Society is better off when the tradition of mariage between one man and one woman is upheld. Government's one purpose is to maintain society. I can't think of a better law than to legalize traditional marriage and not recognize any other union.
David3036 Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 1:44 PM
But the reality is that many other types of unions exist, whether they are legally recognized or not. So what purpose does it serve to have 1,100 federal laws and hundreds of state laws that recognize and grant certain rights only to "married" couples? The family courts don't care whether you're married or not -- they'll grant palimony when an unmarried couple breaks up, and in custody cases they only care who the parents are. And we no longer need marriage to establish paternity, because we can easily do that with a DNA test.

There's also the church-state separation issue. That is, why is a clergyman authorized to declare a marriage to be a legal bond? The marriage certificate should be a legal contract with or without a ceremony.
Earl29 Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 3:35 PM
Making society better is not the job of government; protecting the people from force and fraud leaves them free to create the society they want. The purpose of government is not to maintain society but to maintain liberty.
Chris from Kalifornia Wrote: Dec 08, 2012 10:03 AM
You're right. I agree that marriage is none of the government's business. It's between the people getting married and their religious leaders if any. I haven't noticed all that many, maybe 50% who stay married and yet everyone's vow includes "till death do us part".

My buddy, Glenn Beck, has made a great contribution to the TEA party movement and to a renewal of popular interest in our Founding Fathers and their ideals. For all that he deserves praise.

But, I believe, he is making a serious error in abandoning the civil right of marriage. The Republican Party was founded in opposition to two historic wrongs. The party’s first platform in 1856 denounced “slavery and polygamy—the twin relics of barbarism.” Slavery was finally put down with a terrible toll—630,000 Americans dead in the Civil War. The new movie, Lincoln, tells the dramatic story of the...