By Ed West, Spectator
Never let it be said that the Liberal Democrats are against marriage – in fact they’re so keen on it that at their conference they voted for a motion that effectively forces marriages
on commitment-phobic men.
The Cohabitation Motion is aimed at giving cohabiting couples (whether they have children or not) rights currently only enjoyed by married couples.
[...] Marriage is a contract in which a couple make legal commitments to each other, and because the state is the enforcer of contracts it is therefore interested; any other consensual sexual relationship rightfully is no business of the authorities, unless it compromises employment or other legal or security procedures.
So for the state to decide that someone has committed to a relationship, when they have done no such thing, is not very liberal. After all, if a couple want to be ‘protected’ ie mutually responsible for each other’s financial wellbeing, then they are free to get married; by not getting married they are choosing not to make that commitment, and it is not up to the authorities to say they have.
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