Legal Versus Organic Concepts of Marriage
"Marriage is a naturally occurring, pre-political institution that emerges spontaneously from society," writes Jennifer Roback Morse in the April-May 2005 issue of the Hoover Institute's Policy Review. "Western society is drifting toward a redefinition of marriage as a bundle of legally defined benefits bestowed by the state. . . . The organic view of marriage is more consistent with the libertarian vision of a society of free and responsible individuals, governed by a constitutionally limited state. The drive toward a legalistic view of marriage is part of the relentless march toward politicizing every aspect of society."