Marriage Licenses Should Not Be Granted to Gay Couples

Marriage licenses should not be granted to gay couples nor to straight couples. Marriages should be private consensual agreements between any two competent, consenting adults. Or three or more, for that matter. Governments should not be involved: no licenses, no special privileges, and no special obligations for married couples.

However, the fact that an action is legitimate and non-coercive does not mean any term can be used to describe it. Gay couples should not call their agreements “marriage” because that term is taken. For centuries, it has stood for heterosexual unions in almost all cultures. Marriage might be called a “trade mark.”

Kim Davis is a hero. She is the county clerk in Kentucky who was jailed for contempt because she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

She bases her stand on her religious beliefs, but that’s not why she is a hero. If she were acting on secular philosophical grounds, her case would be just as strong. She is a hero for standing up to a central government that is smothering civil society, reaching its tentacles into all areas of life and strangling spontaneous freely evolved social order.

Of course, she is guilty of contempt. That’s only right, because the process that has led to her imprisonment is in fact contemptible. She is following a course of civil disobedience that I must admire, and I wish her well.

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6 thoughts on “Marriage Licenses Should Not Be Granted to Gay Couples

  1. I was wondering if any of us had the guts to point this out. I should have known you would be up to the challenge, Dr Gibson.

    Taking a step back to look at the larger picture, what I have been seeing from libertarians is condemnation of Davis’ actions and support for government action. Did you ever think you would see the day that the libertarian movement would side with the government over that of an individual?!

    I have been thinking about this issue a little too hard lately, and your post has prompted me to write something a little bit longer on the topic. For me, this is a logically challenging puzzle.

      • I’m not a libertarian so I have no problem with her being jailed for contempt of court. I do have a problem with the slut-shaming occurring on my favorite progressive blog. There are a few others objecting but we are very much outnumbered. Commentary that wouldn’t be tolerated if it was about someone else is rife.

      • You nailed it quite well. The leftists will rejoice until their turn for a stay in the graybar hotel comes at the hand of a federal judge. This is only the beginning.

  2. “Marriage licenses should not be granted to gay couples nor to straight couples. Marriages should be private consensual agreements between any two competent, consenting adults. Or three or more, for that matter. Governments should not be involved: no licenses, no special privileges, and no special obligations for married couples.”

    Short, to the point, and 100% accurate.

  3. I am with you, Warren. I take the equal protection inherent in the constitution seriously and therefore, I think homosexuals should be able to join in whatever they want to call (and suffer with the rest of us). Two things bother me in the on-going story. First, there is not enough talk about the freedom of conscience of moral minorities. After all, jury nullification is licit. A single juror who believes the accused guilty as charged can still stop the death penalty. The recalcitrant clerk is in jail because….? Getting a marriage license in the next county seems to me to be a small inconvenience, a small price to pay to avoid FORCING an elected official to do what’s morally repugnant to her and probably to a fair number of those who elected her. Second the victory of so-called “gay,” so-called “marriage,” is a precedent for small political minorities to change the culture under threat of violence (state violence) . Language is part of culture, of course.

    Much ridicule is heaped on those who ask, “Why not various forms of polygamous?” Yet, it ‘s a legitimate question, at bottom that several European countries are currently facing. The solution, of course is to get the state out of the business altogether.

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