Month: October 2012

Separation of Church and Business?

The Hobby Lobby chain of retail stores is bringing suit against the new federal requirement to provide free contraception, including morning-after abortifacients.* RealityCheck.org opines that There are a lot of problems with the Hobby Lobby plaintiffs’ theory of the case as detailed by the federal government. To start, the business plaintiffs are all for-profit, secular …

Marriage and the State, or, Why SSM Advocates Can’t Win Without Losing

Why do governments recognize marriage? It’s unique among all relationships. If it’s just about deep friendship, governmental involvement makes no sense: friendships have no state-sanctioned conditions attached to them. Those relationships that do come under governmental oversight or endorsement are obviously public ones, like business relationships. Why does the state care about marriage? Further: why …