PRIVATIZING MARRIAGE WOULD GIVE COUPLES MORE CHOICES

Did anyone see this in the Chronicle yesterday? WOW! I never thought I'd
see the day the Chronicle would ever print an article like this.

Mike Denny

PRIVATIZING MARRIAGE WOULD GIVE COUPLES MORE CHOICES

The institution of marriage could be greatly improved -- i.e., made to
better meet the needs of both partners -- if the government were no
longer the monopoly supplier of the terms of a marriage, according to
Doshisha University Law School professor Colin P. A. Jones.

"Couples entering into marriage should be able to use a partnership
agreement that is tailored to their own circumstances and aspirations,
one that reflects the values and expectations that they themselves
attach to marriage," writes Jones in an op-ed in the SAN FRANCISCO
CHRONICLE.

Ending the government's monopoly on marriage, Jones argues, would foster
innovation in the design of marriage contracts, resulting in better
legal and relationship counseling -- and perhaps better marriages.
Marital corporations -- for-profit or non-profit organizations of
members that share common values about marriage -- might also evolve to
cater to the needs of different kinds of couples. This privatization of
marriage, Jones argues, could also help defuse the controversy over
same-sex marriage because the opponents and proponents of sex-same
marriage would join separate marital corporations and thus would feel
less threatened that their version of marriage was threatened.

See "Marriage Proposal: Why Not Privatize?" by Colin P. A. Jones (SAN
FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 1/22/06)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1657

No kidding, Mike! That's terrific... Here's the link to the Chronicle's page:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/01/22/ING6FGOLVA1.DTL&hw=privatizing+marriage&sn=001&sc=1000

Yours in liberty,
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Did anyone see this in the Chronicle yesterday? WOW! I never thought I’d see the day the Chronicle would ever print an article like this.

Mike Denny

PRIVATIZING MARRIAGE WOULD GIVE COUPLES MORE CHOICES

The institution of marriage could be greatly improved -- i.e., made to better meet the needs of both partners -- if the government were no longer the monopoly supplier of the terms of a marriage, according to Doshisha University Law School professor Colin P. A. Jones.

"Couples entering into marriage should be able to use a partnership agreement that is tailored to their own circumstances and aspirations, one that reflects the values and expectations that they themselves attach to marriage," writes Jones in an op-ed in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.

Ending the government's monopoly on marriage, Jones argues, would foster innovation in the design of marriage contracts, resulting in better legal and relationship counseling -- and perhaps better marriages. Marital corporations -- for-profit or non-profit organizations of members that share common values about marriage -- might also evolve to cater to the needs of different kinds of couples. This privatization of marriage, Jones argues, could also help defuse the controversy over same-sex marriage because the opponents and proponents of sex-same marriage would join separate marital corporations and thus would feel less threatened that their version of marriage was threatened.

See "Marriage Proposal: Why Not Privatize?" by Colin P. A. Jones (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 1/22/06)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1657

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