If Hillary Clinton can do it, why not me? I’ve pontificated before on this topic–“The” Libertarian View on Gay Marriage; On Gay Marriage. I haven’t really changed my mind on any of my particular points… and maybe I’m being worn down… but it seems to me that gays ought to be able to get married. Why not. Let them do it, if they want. Who does it hurt, really?
There are many homosexuals who are lifelong partners; some even have kids. Many of them would like to get married. The state has monopolized what marriage is, however; and refuses to let them do it. I think they should be allowed to. It’s senseless to hurt them by not letting them do it.
I agree that one danger is that it would make it harder to resist the idea of making gays a “suspect class” for purposes of antidiscrimination treatment. But you know what, screw it. All the morons out there who favor “normal” race and sex and religion-based antidiscrimination laws … let them feel some more pain.
Update: see The Libertarian Case for Gay Marriage