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Plebiscites and pontification

There has been a plethora of pundits weighing in on the subject of same-sex marriage in recent weeks. A significant amount of intellectual energy has been expended by libertarian commenters attempting to assert that a yes vote in the upcoming postal plebiscite is inconsistent with libertarian values. In particular, it has been argued that the true libertarian position would revolve around the complete devolution of marriage from its current status as a function of the state to its historical role as a function of religious and secular civil society. Another common objection revolves around the protection of the religious liberties of those who might be called upon to cater to same-sex wedding celebrations. It is all well and good to pontificate about perfect libertarian solutions involving getting government out of marriage altogether and protecting the right of businesspeople to choose who they will and won’t do business with but in … Read the rest

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