civil unions for straights

It looks like Maryland state Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) is going to do a little grandstanding about same-sex marriage with the very same tactic I have long recommended:

No more civil “marriage;” give civil unions/domestic partnerships to all couples, homo- or heterosexual.

Think about it for a second: Imagine the blissful silence as government stops trying to define couples’ relationships for them and worries about the things it’s good at- taxation, property rights, power-of-attorney. Everyone gets the same treatment for civil purposes while the people who need validation from other people for their relationships fight about it amongst themselves.

..Oh wait? We live in reality? Well, a cranky libertarian can dream, no?

Rep. Raskin’s grandstanding aside, it seems like a great time to wish all you affianced couples in Maryland a happy Valentine’s Day a little early.

1 Comment so far

  1. mike (unregistered) on February 5th, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

    On the flip side of this, I’ve wondered why mainstream churches who support gay marriage haven’t made more of a stink about their religious rights being trampled on. I know Unitarian Universalists, certain factions of the Presbyterian Church, and Reconstructionist Jews allow gay marriage (and I’m certain I’m leaving some groups out), why aren’t their religious ceremonies uniting two gay people under the eyes of God given the same treatment by the gubmint?

    Anyhoot, I’m all for this.

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