This Saturday, at NIF, in chilly Chicago, we'll have a discussion on: Should marriage be privatized?
It's my question. I can argue it either way. But I'm not presenting an argument, just hosting an open discussion.
I even have a few subsidiary points and questions:
In our society we speak of marriage as a contract, but most U.S. marriages do not involve a written contract. Are custom pre-nup agreements unromantic? If a couple splits and children are involved, must the state be involved? If we privatize marriage, do we end the acrimonious debate over gay marriage? What are the practicalities, under current law, of not officializing your long term relationship?
Is private matrimony