Should government be neutral when it comes to marriage, or favor some types over others?

Kevin,

  Yes, very good points. The question currently before us is Recognize
Some Marriages vs. Recognize All Marriages. We might wish there was a
law or an initiative representing the Recognize No Marriages
alternative, but there isn't. There are two public policy choices on
the table.

  Now either official recognition of all marriages or official
recognition of none could be interpreted as government staying out of
the issue of marriage. But to recognize some marriages but not others
is undeniably the option that would require the most active role from
government as an "arbiter of religious authority." It is the least
libertarian of the three options, and the least compatible with
separation of church and state.

Yours in liberty,
              <<< Starchild >>>

I'm with Mike on this one. Instead of legislating rights to married
couples, get government out of the marriage business and remove it's
ability to define a 'legal marriage'.
Let's not forget, it's a clear separation of Church and State issue
also.
Having the government recognize one Church's (or atheists) recognized
marriage but not another's puts it in the position of arbiter of
religious
authority. Isn't this the kind of decision our Founding Fathers wanted
government kept out of?
-Kevin O'Neal-

Thanks Rob,

I'm wondering if the best way to respond is to support this or if we
should use the issue to lobby government to get out of the marriage
business all together.

Thoughts?

Mike

From: Rob Power [mailto:robpower@robpower.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2003 10:37 AM
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Found a way for San Francisco Libertarians to pull the state and
local organizations back up and to the left on the Nolan Chart.
Let's vocally and actively oppose Pete Knight's repeal of AB205,
which grants the same rights to same-sex couples as straight married
couples have (at least at the state level). Like we were the first
party to endorse the recall of Davis, let's beat the Dems and Greens
by
being the first party to oppose Knight's initiative. More details are
below in MECA's newsletter.

Rob

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From: MECA Execsutive Directors Molly and LJ
[mailto:office@marriageequalityca.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2003 10:20 AM
To: Rob Power
Subject: MECA NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER

MECAMail!(c) Marriage Equality California

www.marriageequalityca.org

==================================================
AB205 REFERENDUM "VOTE YES" Campaign Begins

The Religious Wrong are trying to "recall" AB205, the Comprehensive
Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibility Act, signed into law by
Governor Davis in September 2003. Like a bad sequel, Senator Pete
Knight is again taking the lead to prevent same-sex couples from
securing the basic rights and responsibilities of domestic
partnership.

There is no question that we will be out-financed by the opposition,
however, no matter how well-funded the opposition is, they are wrong
and most Californians know it. We must start knocking on our
neighbors doors and talking to our co-workers to ensure that the
referendum on AB 205 passes. That's right, we need the YES vote
here. When both houses of the Legislature voted YES to AB 205, the
people of California were behind them and will back them up at the
polls in March 2004. All hands are needed in this effort - look for
upcoming local campaign events in your area soon or write back to
this email and volunteer for chapter leadership in your area. To
find out more about the campaign, visit www.eqcafamilies.com.

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