The state of Mississippi has come up with the perfect foil to the Supreme Court’s recent decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. It is considering getting out of the marriage business altogether.
Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul weighed in on the matter on Sunday.
“Since government has been involved in marriage, they have done what they always do—taxed it, regulated it, and now redefined it. It is hard to argue that government’s involvement in marriage has made it better, a fact also not surprising to those who believe government does little right,” he wrote for TIME.
And why shouldn’t state governments simply stop issuing marriage certificates? Since the institution of marriage has become politicized like so many other things that used to be beyond the purview of politics, why should government be involved at all? You don’t need a certificate from the government to have a child (yet), so why do we need one to have a husband or wife?