It looks like Maryland state Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) is going to do a little grandstanding about same-sex marriage with the very same tactic I have long recommended:
No more civil “marriage;” give civil unions/domestic partnerships to all couples, homo- or heterosexual.
Think about it for a second: Imagine the blissful silence as government stops trying to define couples’ relationships for them and worries about the things it’s good at- taxation, property rights, power-of-attorney. Everyone gets the same treatment for civil purposes while the people who need validation from other people for their relationships fight about it amongst themselves.
..Oh wait? We live in reality? Well, a cranky libertarian can dream, no?
Rep. Raskin’s grandstanding aside, it seems like a great time to wish all you affianced couples in Maryland a happy Valentine’s Day a little early.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs