Posted on February 19th, 2014
The Libertarian argument that the state should be uninvolved in the institution of marriage is attractive but unworkable. It makes the state grow more powerful, not less:
Redefining civil marriage will further erode marital norms, thrusting the state even more deeply into leading roles for which it is poorly suited: parent and discipliner to the orphaned, provider to the neglected, and arbiter of disputes over custody, paternity, and visitations. As the family weakens, our welfare and correctional bureaucracies grow.
Girgis, Sherif; Anderson, Ryan T; George, Robert P. What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense (p. 9). Encounter Books.
Christians must present a coherent, natural-law argument in defense of traditional marriage.