The government’s real interest in wedded bliss tends to be obscured in the debate attending the Supreme Court’s pending rulings in two marriage cases. Sorry to disappoint, but the state isn’t interested in the love lives of citizens just for the sake of romance.
No, government has an interest in marriage because the act that unites a man and a woman creates new life. And this new life needs and deserves a mother and a father-because otherwise, the social costs run high.
At stake in the two cases expected to be decided by the Supreme Court later this month is whether citizens and their elected officials have the constitutional authority to make laws that reflect the truth about marriage.