It still doesn’t pay to be gay

Written by by Kurt St. Angelo

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Licensed professions use government as a bully to thwart unlicensed – and thus, unprivileged – competitors. All professional licenses are licenses to steal your opportunity to hire someone possibly more qualified but unwilling to dorepparttar government’s bidding. Consumers have better tools than licensing to gauge professional quality.

The history of marriage licensing is equally laden with obvious special interests. Marriage licenses were once used – perhaps invented – to discourage interracial relationships. Today they are used to discourage gay relationships. Heterosexuality has its privileges, and it still doesn’t pay to be gay.

For disfavored singles and unlicensed couples – gay or otherwise – let’s aspire to remain unlicensed. Let’s exercise our God-given rights instead of seeking government’s permission to exercise them. Let’s work to get our own houses in order.

Licensed or not, all adults can draft a will or a trust to pass their property at death to their loved one(s), regardless of gender. Nobody needs a marriage license to fulfill this important function.

No couple needs legislators defining each side’s respective property rights when its relationship dissolves. This can and should be done contractually – not just by gay couples but also by husbands and wives.

I sympathize with people – gay or otherwise – whose employers do not extendrepparttar 125857 privilege of certain employment benefits to their live-in co-habitants, as they do their employees’ married spouses. The solutions to this are better employers, not government adding a class of people to its A list.

There is only one valid justification for marriage licenses – legal convenience. They are useful to courts in determining legal relationships, duties and powers when couples break up or testify.

However,repparttar 125858 common-law privilege against coerced spousal testimony predates marriage licenses. Marriage licenses were never legally necessary to prove marital status.

We would be smart to get government completely out of marriage and give it back to God, where it all began and belongs.

Let God, not government, administer and sanction all of our loving relationships. Make government available to preside over our material disputes.

Don’t let government build an obsolete stadium

Written by Kurt St. Angelo

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Major League Baseball once considered Indianapolis in an expansion. However, due to lack of planning, it would have cost over $40 million to convertrepparttar RCA Dome to baseball. Later, MLB abandoned offering franchises to cities with indoor stadiums.

Game parking is inadequate and expensive aroundrepparttar 125856 RCA Dome. Event parking more than a mile fromrepparttar 125857 Dome starts at $5. The Dome has no underground parking and very little parking revenue to share with an NFL team owner.

(Torepparttar 125858 credit ofrepparttar 125859 Hudnut administration,repparttar 125860 RCA Dome is modest. In real terms, it cost about as much as Conseco Fieldhouse, which holds over 17,000. Other than lacking adequate profit-enhancing amenities to keep NFL franchises happy,repparttar 125861 Dome is a very functional stadium that is used 200-plus times per year, only 10 of which are for regularly-scheduled professional football games.)

Now Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson wants to reliverepparttar 125862 glory days ofrepparttar 125863 Hudnut administration, but without that past administration’s modesty. If Peterson gets his way, taxpayers will spend over $500 million to buildrepparttar 125864 NFL’s newest stadium, premiering in 2008.

In inflation-adjusted terms, that’s about three timesrepparttar 125865 real expense ofrepparttar 125866 ill-planned RCA Dome. The Colts have agreed to contribute only $100 million torepparttar 125867 project, a third of which is inrepparttar 125868 form of a favorable NFL loan.

Indianapolis would be smarter to followrepparttar 125869 recent lead of Washington. Last week by a 7-to-6 vote, Washington’s city council voted againstrepparttar 125870 deal struck between Major League Baseball and Mayor Anthony Williams, which requiredrepparttar 125871 city to build a new $579 million stadium forrepparttar 125872 former Montreal Expos. Mayor Williams now has until June to find private financing forrepparttar 125873 other half ofrepparttar 125874 stadium’s costs.

That’srepparttar 125875 kind of dealrepparttar 125876 voters of Indianapolis should demand. Less government involvement inrepparttar 125877 city’s next stadium means less risk for taxpayers, better planning and less pressure to raise taxes. We should resistrepparttar 125878 temptation to let government build another obsolete stadium.

(Originally published December 21, 2004)

Attorney, screenwriter and Libertarian Party activist in Indianapolis

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