Marriage and States’ Rights
Brock Sides proposes the following, simplified version of the marriage amendment:
Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to require that a state recognize or give legal effect to marriages performed outside that state.
His rationale is that this language doesn’t specifically mention homosexual marriage and it would thus sidestep the bigotry charge. Works for me.
Another alternative would be to simply do away with marriage as a governmental institution, period. Let churches marry people as they see fit–with only religious value attached to the ceremony. We could then have civil unions that the states could regulate. Or perhaps it’s time to simply do away with the institution as a governmental entity altogether. Given no-fault, frequent divorce, serial marriages, the lack of stigma to out-of-wedlock childbirth, and so forth, what’s the need for government sanctioning of a romantic relationship?