Goin’ to the chapel

Here’s my latest policy spotlight column for Free-Market.Net, this time on the gay marriage issue.

It begins:

Yet another government institution has come upon hard times lately. While this particular institution’s skyrocketing failure rates have plateaued in the last couple of decades, no one in his right mind thinks it is succeeding. In most cases of a failing government program, conservatives would call to abolish it. This time, though, they want to federalize it.

The failing government program is marriage and the solution proposed by some conservatives is an amendment to the Constitution, which would set an alarming precedent for the federal government’s role in defining what constitutes a marriage.