Monday, September 12, 2011

Gay marriage: You sure we need a law?

California Gov. Jerry Brown put out a quotable veto message last week, rejecting fines for kids who won't wear a helmet while snowboarding:
The measure would impose criminal penalties on a child under the age of 18 and his or her parents if the child skis or snowboards without a helmet.

While I appreciate the value of wearing a ski helmet, I am concerned about the continuing and seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state. Not every human problem deserves a law.
While the specifics of this particular issue are fairly ... specific, the theory Gov. Brown worked from put me in mind of the gay marriage question before the N.C. General Assembly during the special legislative session starting today.

Does the disagreement over gay marriage deserve a law? And not just a law, but a place in your state constitution?

Note: I'm not labeling marriage or sexuality of any kind as a "human problem," beyond the fact that it's something we don't all agree on.


Bart Gunn said...

In a society that has a lot of prejudice against gay marriage, yes we do need a law. It gives legal enforceability.

Victor Deloach said...

Just to make gay wedding legal, of course our politicians need to write a law. Just to keep the record straight regarding this topic, we need a written law about this.