Up until right before I started writing this blog, I thought that Ron Paul was a tinfoil hat-wearing libertarian wingnut. Now, as the moral and economic fabric of our society shows more and more signs of unraveling at the seams, I have gleefully embraced even Dr. Paul's most outrageous positions. Dear readers, I would like to announce here and now my endorsement of Ron Paul for the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination and for the Presidency itself. I'd also like to give a big shout-out to Alte, editor of Traditional Catholicism, for making me aware of the video that inspired this whole post, which you can view by clicking the link below.
In my first installment of my "why Ron Paul is awesome" series, I will discuss his stance on gay marriage, of all things. Why? Because, quite simply, Dr. Paul got me out of a moral and intellectual bind that I had been in for a long time with an answer so sensible I that I feel like a complete nincompoop for not thinking of it myself.
As an orthodox Catholic, I believe that the Catholic Church should never sanction marriages between people of the same sex. To do so would fly in the face of everything the Church has carefully reasoned and discerned about human sexuality throughout its existence. However, when it comes to state-sanctioned gay marriage, I used to be at a loss. Sure, I found the idea of gays getting married morally distasteful, but I think the same way about drug use, and I'm all for legalizing marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. Does the government of the United States have the constitutional authority to deny gays the right to get married? Hell no! The Constitution says absolutely nothing about marriage at all. That's why opponents of gay marriage want ban it via constitutional amendment in the first place.
Since people were talking about amending the Constitution, I took a moment to think about what I thought the role of the state should be in marriage. I couldn't come up with a satisfactory position, because the line between politics and religion was too blurred. That's why I was enlightened and excited when I heard that Ron Paul doesn't think the state should mess around with marriage at all.
What has state-sanctioned marriage done for us? It has paved the way for no-fault divorce, one of the biggest culprits behind the destruction of the traditional family. It has allowed women to walk off with their husbands' children and half their money because they felt like it, making men more wary of marriage than ever. With so many unmarried couples cohabiting, sharing their finances, and even raising children together, the need for a marriage license to do virtually anything ordinarily associated with marriage is so nonexistent, it's laughable. Married couples, when was the last time someone who didn't work for the government asked to see your marriage license? Hell, when was the last time ANYONE asked to see it?
Guys and gals, wouldn't you like to just have your priest, pastor, rabbi, imam, guru, or whatever say the necessary magic words and leave the government alone to worry about paying off its massive debt? Heck, the women can still even change their names if they want. Ladies, in a world where Chad Johnson can change his last name to something that isn't even the Spanish word for "85" just because he feels like it, you can sure change yours to match your hubby's without a marriage license.
The only thing standing in the way of religious folk everywhere completely circumventing civil marriage is that many churches, pastors, etc. require marriage licenses in order to perform a religious ceremony (again, shout out to Alte for letting me know about this). We need to lobby our churches to let us start taking marriage underground St. Valentine style again. I bet some of them would even be enthusiastic about it. After all, until the biggest waves of the JPII generation of seminarians start showing up "at a parish near you," Catholics like me will be saying our vows mostly in front of baby boomer priests. I'm sure they wouldn't mind sticking it to the man. By voting for Ron Paul, though, we can get even the man on our side.
In a Presidential primary fight where Republicans have been senselessly tearing each other apart over this seemingly controversial issue, Ron Paul sidestepped their fracas by framing the matter in a way that doesn't make it seem controversial at all. For more instances of him making other politicians look small and childish, just search him on Youtube.