Tuesday, 6 December 2005

Gay civil partnerships

Gay civil partnerships are now legal in the UK. Gay couples can now possess legal rights similar to married heterosexual couples.

I suppose this is a positive step forward for gay rights. Still, government should get out of the marriage business.

Let's ask, what is marriage? In contemporary Western society, marriage is generally an agreement between two lovers who wish to spend the rest of their lives together. Why is government needed to enforce such an agreement? In essence, this is simply a contract between two people, which could be enforced by private bodies.

A private organisation could be free to accept gay civil partnerships or marriages, set the grounds for seperation/divorce, the division of property in a divorce/seperation, etc. Private arbitration could be used to settle this also, since it's already used in divorces in the UK.

A libertarian government in the UK should repeal the 1949 and 1994 Marriage Acts plus the 1973 Matrimonial Causes Act. Marriage should be a private and not a state affair.