For quite a while, political dialogue has repeatedly returned to the subject of marriage. The focus has been the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the “right” of same sex individuals to marry. Opposing views are deeply ensconced in their respective positions and any coalescing of thought on the subject seems unachievable.
The origin of marriage is a social and religious rite that has evolved into law such that marriage has become spiritual and secular, social and legal. Why is government, at any level, concerned with marriage? What is the possible interest of government in the relationship between two, or more, people who choose to marry consistent with their conscience and the morals of their culture?