Jay Richards is branching out from his advocacy of intelligent design and jumping into the same-sex marriage controversy with a really dumb argument about why marriage equality is supposedly incompatible with limited government and individual rights. Right Wing Watch reports:
Richards: We argue that there are other pre-political realities besides just the individual that a limited government has to recognize and marriage is one of those realities, it’s a universal human institution, we find it in every time and place, in every culture, every religious tradition has this basic concept of marriage as between one man and one woman with a special connection to children. So a limited government is going to recognize that institution rather than try to redefine it, so that’s why we think, in fact, if you believe in limited government you need to believe in laws that protect marriage as it actually is historically. The institution of marriage is one of those things that is outside the jurisdiction of the state, so quite apart from the consequences, we think, if you believe that government should recognize individual rights, then you need to believe that the government is also going to recognize the rights and realities of this institution which it can’t dictate.
If marriage is outside the jurisdiction of the state, then let’s get rid of the need for a government license to do it. Let’s get rid of the hundreds of ways the government privileges marriages, from legal protections to tax advantages. After all, it’s outside the state’s jurisdiction, right? Oh wait, it’s only outside the state’s jurisdiction when it comes to same-sex marriage. How convenient.
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