Marriage: Rarely has so much of a public, national, and even global fuss been made over such an intimate, private, familial matter. At the time of this writing, debate still rages over a case pending before the United States Supreme Court over one crucial question: whether or not same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry. It really seems trivial that the entire nation should come to a standstill to debate something that personally affects them so little. And people seem to be coming to that realization.
Have love and marriage lost meaning to the people? No. They are simply no longer willing to have the government define their values.
Consider this: Liberty University, one of the biggest foes of gay marriage, has gone conspicuously silent on the issue. Does this mean that they’ve decided to go back on all they once believed, throwing to the wayside all the traditional family values they once held so very dear? Nope. They’re just becoming more personal with their values, and relying less on the government to enforce them.
This is more than just a tale of love and state. It’s yet another segment of a massive societal shift: the shift away from government intervention. What will be next to fall from popular perception of the proper role of government’s authority? Drugs? Food? Armaments? Social safety net? Personal defense? National defense?
Better strap yourselves in, ladies and gents… we’re in for a wild ride.
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