In my years at Kansas State University, I’ve watched the school’s chapters of Young Americans for Liberty and College Republicans go from being rival clubs to sister organizations.
The two groups have collaborated on several activities and events, and many people who were initially members of one or the other group are now active in both.
It’s not hard to see why. In a recent interview, two prominent members of Kansas’ College Republicans scene espoused a clear libertarian stance on the role of government in marriage.
Rane Cravens, president of KSU’s College Republicans chapter and state-wide College Republicans secretary, had this to say:
“Ideally, it should be between individuals and their church, mosque or synagogue. It should be between the people and the institution they choose to take their vows in,” Cravens said. He added that “more and more people are starting to want the government out of their lives in all aspects, whether romantic or business.”
Chase Downing, regional Vice Chair of College Republicans, agreed.
“Marriage should be with the church because it originated with the church,” Downing said. “It’s too bad that such a beautiful thing has been reduced to a document.”
“There’s no way that the federal government should be creating any kind of regulation that would be sweeping from the west coast to the heartland, because we don’t have the same values,” he said. “It’s silly for one law to affect that whole area in the same way.”
These statements suggest that government-free marriage is now far more viable than when Ron Paul began discussing the concept in debates—especially since Justin Amash recently suggested much the same thing. Particularly if DOMA is struck down by SCOTUS, it’s not hard to see government-free marriage becoming a mainline Republican stance in a few years.
Moreover, they affirm Reagan’s declaration that “the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism” and that the two movements share “a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom.” They suggest that it may be time for libertarians to stop indicting all Republicans for the policies of George W. Bush—especially Republicans who were children when Bush was reelected.Published in