Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


April 22, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Another law without impact

What, meth labs are not on the decline? But the Kentucky General Assembly fixed this problem by making it harder for law-abiding citizens to buy allergy medicine.

Laws that have no impact on criminals? Say it isn’t so.

Gary Stevens, Olive Hill

Marriage needs to be privatized

The U.S. is a nanny-state!

Our federal government treats its citizens like small ignorant children who don’t know any better, and who need a wiser adult supervisor to tell us what is in our better interest instead of leaving our life choices to ourselves.

In particular, the idea of marriage is one of those areas where our government has overstepped its bounds. The federal government has no right to amend its laws to define who and what constitutes a marriage, and it certainly does not have the right to dictate who can and cannot marry. At some point in time during our personal development, we reach a moment where we are well aware of what is in our own better interest.

Whatever life choices we make are ours alone, and we are responsible for how we take care of our health and mental stability. The government has no say so in what I put in my body, or take out of it, or who I choose to join it to.

For centuries, marriage was under the private dictates of religion. Marriage, for most of human history, has been a religious act, and rarely one instituted by the state. When the U.S. government decided to seize control of marriage (issuing marriage licenses, which is a tax!), it took over what had traditionally been overseen by churches and other religious bodies.

At the heart of the issue of marriage equality is the idea of control. That’s what our government is after — complete control of people’s private lives. Unfortunately, that is the dark side of an imperial system of government. The institution of marriage needs to be privatized again, and left in the hands of religious bodies, and the government needs to get out of the business of controlling who can marry who.  

Jeremy T. Wheeler, Ashland

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