John Stossel on Government and Marriage



Republicans in Oklahoma were angry after a judge ruled their state must recognize gay marriages—so they proposed that the state stop recognizing any marriages. They may have been throwing a tantrum, but getting government out of the mix would put an end to many stupid fights, John Stossel writes.

If private individuals are free to make whatever marriage contracts and observe whatever marriage customs they like, that leaves everyone else free to ignore those couples if they don't approve. Arrangements that work best will tend to endure, Stossel argues. Let people love, in ways old and new, even if we make mistakes along the way.