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 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.
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.
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.