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09 May 2012

Republican Asks What Business Does Government Have in the Marriage Business

The late-state Representative Bobby Franklin (R - Marietta) once asked, "What business does the government have saying who should wed who?"

What business does government have saying who should wed who? Gay or straight?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, the state of North Carolina joined Georgia in banning same-sex marriage.

Social conservatives are cheering the new ban. GLBT groups are denouncing it.

But what both sides fail to realize is that government erred when government began granting public benefits to a private, religious institution. Marriage is a religious institution, and government should not be involved in religion.

There are, according to a 2004 Congressional Budget Office study, 1,138 statutory provisions "in which marital status is a factor in determining or receiving 'benefits, rights, and privileges.'" Once a straight couple gets "married," they become eligible for a range of benefits including the ability to file jointly on their income tax returns as well as being able to inherit an unlimited amount from their deceased spouse's estate without being subject to the estate tax.

Government, by involving itself in a religious institution, has created a privileged class of people; straight people who receive more benefits from their government than their GLBT counterparts.

As I've written, on this site, so many times before, government should not be in the marriage business. Again, marriage is a religious institution.

If a couple, gay or straight, wants to be married, let them go to church. Let each and every religious denomination decide for themselves who is allowed to enter into the religious sacrament of matrimony.

If a couple, gay or straight, wants one or all 1,138 of those benefits granted to couples from the government, then let them go down to the courthouse and get a civil union.

Plain and simple, government should not be in the marriage business.