Here’s a basic intro: link Marriage privatization would mean that the government no longer endorses any relationships or privileges some relationships over others. The government won’t set the terms of any relationship. You and your partner voluntarily set the terms, as broadly or as specifically/extensively as you want, or you could sign a prepared contract that a private organization, company or law firm might offer. You can have whatever relationships you want and call those relationships whatever you want. As with other contracts, you could, in the last resort, go to the courts to enforce the terms of the marriage contract that you and your partner voluntarily entered into. On the other hand, you and your partner might voluntarily agree that your relationship, even if you call it marriage, should have no contractual force at all.
I personally support marriage privatization. Even if the government recognizes same-sex marriage, it will still be discriminating against people who can’t or don’t want to get married.
I think there are some ways that marriage privatization is becoming increasingly likely:
1. The battle for same-sex marriage is being won. The justification is that people should be able to marry whoever they want. The logical conclusion of that is that government should not have a role in defining marriage at all. It should be for individuals to decide voluntarily. I think the battle for polygamy might be the next big battle.
2. The flip-side of this is that social conservatives are losing. They might realize that now they are the minority, it would be better to abolish government marriage, which imposes the view of the majority on the minority.
3. The libertarian world-view is growing in popularity, especially among young people. We live in an era of globalization that erodes the government’s power to control us. The government finds it increasingly difficult to enforce drug prohibition, censorship and all sorts of things. Even many people who don’t identify as libertarian are losing trust in government and want as little to do with it as possible.
4. The divorce rate is very high. And there’s a widespread belief among men (some of it justified) that government marriage harms men. Let’s face it: almost every one of us in the West knows a man whose life has been ruined by the family courts (of course some women are ruined too). That probably isn’t the only reason for the declining popularity of marriage among men, but it is undoubtedly declining. At the same time, I don’t think the desire for love and companionship has decreased at all. But clearly, government marriage isn’t working. It’s becoming ever less popular, and it’s failing in its stated aim. I think many people are looking for something other than government marriage on the one hand and non-commitment on the other.
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