Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University in 2005. The opinions he expresses here are not necessarily representative of his employer.

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  1. H. Kirk Rainer says:

    Regarding your Policy Analysis, “Marriage against the State”; I have a few comments–(though not specific to the financial or tax-related relationship of the state and marriage).

    In my opinion, the state (Federal or state…) has no place or rightful position in a religious, sacred marriage; but as it is in the U.S., the state has become the authority of yet another institution (“By the power of the state vested in me…” — so says the minister).

    So much could be said about the “regulation” and encroachment of state-authority in the sacred trust of religious marriage; but to condense my opinion, current Family Law has diluted marriage from a once-contract to a relationship-of-convenience–the consequences and costs beyond the present generation and beyond quantifiable or measurable terms. Consider that after decades of rising divorce–in conjunction with the entry of no-fault divorce–the subsequent effects include diminishing marriage per capita (more couples simply living together) and increased illegitmacy in the demographic of post-teen pregnancy. The upshot: generations have lost hope in marriage!

    Let me add one more measure however; that is, the subsidizing of divorce (by the Federal gov’t) through Social Security (Part IV)–where states receive funds for child support collections. These laws or policy do indeed subsidize divorce by imputing a means of taxation (or state revenue) on one of two parents; the one who is not awarded his children–as part of the marital property–is left with obligation (punishable by law) to finance the children he has lost…for no justified reason.

    What the state has done to marriage is unconscionable; and why the religious communities do not discharge civil marriage, in view of a sacrament called marriage, is beyond my understanding. As it stands, marriage is somewhat like the politician who tries to be all things to all people…and ends-up being nothing to no one.

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