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Can the state be neutral on marriage?

By Scott Yenor ● The Heritage Foundation ● 10/05/2017


Successful efforts to extend marriage recognition to same-sex couples have tempted some dispirited well-wishers of traditional marriage, among others, to call for the “privatization of marriage” by getting the state to adopt a neutral stance toward it…This misguided approach subordinates considerations of how best to form self-governing citizens to the new ethic of self-expression, imagining that a responsible citizenry will spontaneously emerge.

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