I want to thank the “bigots” of Alabama for reacting to the whole “gay marriage” thing in the best possible way: getting the state out of the marriage business. It looks like it may happen.
Of course, marriages will still be created, folks (straight and gay and de facto asexual) will wed. And government will still be minimally involved. But NO LICENSES. Yes, no marriage licensing.
Generally, I hate licensing. A free people shouldn’t need a license to enter into a contract. It’s absurd. An affront to our rights.
So, what will happen, if the legislation passes and is signed into law? Well, “couples will get a ‘marriage contract form’ from the state, fill it out, sign it, declaring that they’re getting married of their own free will, get two witnesses to sign it, and turn it into the government for filing (and give them money). They can have whatever wedding ceremony they want or none at all.” Or so writes Scott Shackford at Reason.
But he also writes: “You’d think everybody would be happy with this outcome, but of course not. Alabama gay groups and the American Civil Liberties Union have to complain, even though they’re going to actually get everything they want.”
Yes, the Inclusion über alles folks are going to whine, but let them. That’s what they do best. Inclusion is the obsession of spoiled children and the weak everywhere (particularly, it seems, in colleges). Universal inclusion is totalitarian. I say get government out of our business as much as possible, and live and let live.
But if you are butt hurt about this, I’m sure you can find a salve.
Mine’s freedom. And the division of responsibility in a free society.
Extra points to those who “get” the [admittedly tenuous] rationale for the title and photo, above.