Monday, May 10, 2004

State interference in the right to contract.

In a staggering overreach of arrogated authority, the Virginia General Assembly "passed with veto-proof majorities a jaw-dropping bill that bans not only civil unions but any 'partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage.'"

Assuming the Washington Post's description of the bill is accurate, this is just plain wrong. Whether or not you believe the state should solemnize marriages between same-sex couples, under absolutely no circumstances should the state be prohibiting these types of private contracts.

How far do "privileges or obligations of marriages" go?

Will they now abolish wills that provide for an estate to be given to a same-sex friend? Will a same-sex friend to whom you have given a health care proxy be forced to prove that he's not a lover before the proxy is given effect? What about a power of attorney?

This is super-wrong. I'm not passing judgment on its Constitutionality. I've given up on that. But as a matter of policy, just wrong.

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