It has been a rough month for freedom lovers across the country. Sacred historical symbols are being purged as nine unelected, unaccountable, politically-connected lawyers in funny costumes run roughshod over the American ideals of decentralization and states rights. Institutional power is quite literally gunning for us, and we have been on the receiving end of that. It has not been pretty.

However, there is a glimmer of light within the darkness. More people believe in the legitimacy and necessity of nullification than ever before. A clear majority of Americans are on the side of states thumbing their noses at the federal government. People realize that Washington D.C. is hopelessly broken like never before. They know that big government won’t regulate itself, and that states need to step up to the plate and push back against the out-of-control rogue terrorist government operating on the banks of the Potomac.

There is no better issue for this to happen on than marriage. The Supreme Court recently opined that states must sanction gay marriages. This has made many people very angry. However, this controversial decision can be subverted through the doctrine of anti-commandeering. Because the federal government cannot lawfully force the states to act against their will, states can simply get out of the business of licensing marriages altogether. That way, it would go back to being a custom observed and sanctioned by the churches and the people rather than the heavy hands of the state.

By getting the government out of the picture, churches are given more autonomy and control. Any particular church would have the religious freedom to turn away couples that engage in behaviors against their beliefs. Some would call this discrimination and inequality. But there is nothing moral or decent about putting a gun to someone’s head and forcing them to violate their most cherished beliefs. That is something you would expect to see in Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany, not in the land of the free.

A common objection I have seen from patriotic individuals regarding marriage freedom is that this is somehow waving the white flag of surrender. They want the government to regulate marriage in their favor. It is very alluring to think that we can gain the levers of power, and impart our noble will on others. However, government regulation of marriage in actuality has been used as a weapon to destroy religious freedom. Big government is clearly doing no favors to people who hold traditional values, and it is doubtful that will ever change.

In lieu of these facts, isn’t it time to shift course? Instead of dancing with the devil, why don’t we just remove the devil from the equation altogether? Under the stewardship of big daddy government, marriage has gone from the bedrock foundation upon which our civilization was built into an fledgling, decaying institution. We must reject the notion that government needs to be involved in our sacred religious institutions. Government screws up everything it touches. We have fallen into the government’s trap and now we must remove ourselves from it.

The good news is that the movement toward marriage freedom has already begun at the state level. For once, I am proud to say that Michigan is among the states leading on this important issue. Introduced by Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell), House Bill 4733 (HB4733) would effectively return the institution of marriage to the church with ‘common law marriage’ being an alternative option for couples married in a non-religious setting. You can get more detailed info about this bill at THIS LINK. You can get specific action steps to support this bill HERE.

These are the types of reforms we need to enact. We need Christians to get on board with the removal of government power to protect religious freedom. Increasing government power hasn’t worked. It’s time to try something new. HB4733 is the first step toward getting government out of the way of marriage. Follow these simple action steps, and tell friends and family to do so as well. Together, we can show those robed tyrants in Washington D.C. that their nonsensical opinions are ineffectual.

Shane Trejo
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