The solution to the same-sex marriage controversy that has embroiled the nation is to get the government out of it completely, according to political columnist and Newsmax contributor John Fund.
To take marriage, which is a 2,500 year institution, and give it the government Good Housekeeping seal of approval, to grant it legitimacy and a status that it has not enjoyed anywhere until the last few years in any country strikes me as a bit too far,’’ Fund told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’
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“Let’s follow what the Founding Fathers did. They separated church and state in order to defuse the conflict. Let’s separate marriage and state. Let’s say the government has contract law. It will enforce the provisions of any contract you sign with your companion.’’
Fund said the government staying in the picture is a losing proposition.
“I’m simply saying we need to shift the playing field. We need to shift the playing field away from a static government,’’ he said.
“Take as much of it as possible out of the political sphere because . . . if you take the government out of it, it gives the government much less reason and much less cause to go after religions as they’re trying to do with Obamacare saying you have to provide this medical service and this contraceptive service.’’
Fund said that the Supreme Court, which is now mulling whether the issue of gay marriage should be regulated federally or state by state, has already said whatever it decides won’t please everybody.
"The Supreme Court last week told both sides, you know, we’re not going to have a sweeping room that’s going to make either side happy,’’ Fund said.
“We’re going to have a very muddled opinion … That means we’re going to be stuck with about 15 to 20 years of trench warfare on this. And there are a lot of other problems that we, frankly, should deal with and, frankly, deserve more attention than this.’’
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