On Marriage

10 May

This will be quick, but it needs to be said.

So much has been said about the decision by the lovely, if not misguided, folks in North Carolina regarding gay marriage.

First, I must tell you that I am a straight Conservative. I’m not a gay hippie running around telling everyone to smoke hemp, legalize pot, and install safe-injection sites at every street corner. So let’s leave all those arguments at the door.

Next, it is very important to understand what Conservatism means to me: small government.

I firmly believe that people should be able to live their lives on a daily basis without interference from the government. And it’s not that I feel government is inherently evil; indeed it is quite necessary and fills an important role in our society. But, you should be able to live and run your own life without outside interference.

And this belief is generally centered about economic issues for me — low taxes, few/no barriers to trade, open markets, encourage growth, flat tax rates, etc.

However, I would certainly extend my repulsion to interference and having the government (or others) tell me how to run my life to marriage.

I mean, how presumptuous can you get?

To presume to tell me – or anyone else – who they can love. Who they can be loved by. And, who they can marry. Because, somehow, someone being in love and being married threatens your way of life?

How dare you.

I say it is you, North Carolinians, who threaten our way of life. A way of life based on freedom and equality for all. Life based on openness and opportunity.

And so I will end on this, as one of your founding fathers said it very eloquently:

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”Abraham Lincoln

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