Government does not have the right to validate any marriage, or any other contract for that matter, BUT governments should recognize all contracts made freely by individuals, and marriage is one of them. There is a big difference there, and this is not about being a collectivist. When two individuals engage in a contract and one of them feel the contract is not being respected by the other part, he/she uses the government for repair of damages, in the case of a marriage contract, there should be a divorce settlement. But if both parts are OK with the agreements made for the divorce, there should be no government interference.
But I agree with everything else you said. Married couples or single individuals should be treated equally under the tax code. But not equally in every case. As a married man I have the right to not be used as a witness against my wife, something single people don't have. We are not an individual society, we are a family society. Even though I believe in individualism, I expect to work hard, even on my last days, to give my sons a better life. If we were individuals without family, the right of inheritance does not exist.
"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." Ben Franklin
Want DP delivered to your inbox daily? Subscribe here:
Content of posts and comments on the Daily Paul represent the opinions of the original posters, and are not endorsed, approved, or otherwise representative of the opinions of the Daily Paul, its owner, site moderators or Ron Paul. This site may