Scott Shackford on the Libertarian Gay Marriage Paradox


“The government shouldn’t be in the marriage business,” is a common refrain from libertarians whenever the debate turns to the issue of government recognition of same-sex marriage. The conclusion, while compelling, does nothing to actually advance any strategy for doing so. Scott Shackford argues that the solutionâ€"embracing recognition of gay marriageâ€"may feel contradictory to many libertarians, but it will provide ammunition to the argument that families don’t need the state to oversee or regulate them in order for them to thrive.