Many times during SSM debates it comes up whether the government should be involved in marriage at all or whether certain financial benefits should be offered for being married.
So my question is, what should the government's involvement in marriage be?
What should be provided with marriage? What parts should stay/go/be added? How would taking the government out of marriage affect our lives (be realistic)? What would happen if some/all financial benefits were taken from married couples, in regards to affecting the economy (please provide some backing for claims)? Some examples of financial benefits of marriage would be helpful.
Personally, I believe that there is little that should be changed as far as the government's financial involvement in marriage goes because I don't believe that people getting governmental financial benefits from being legally married really affects our economy in any significant way. From what I understand about the marriage tax breaks they are actually balanced by those married couples who have to pay more together than if they were separate.
There might be a couple that could easily go away and not have much affect at all, but nothing that would actually make a significant positive difference in our economy. And I believe that many big changes are likely to make a significant negative economic difference.
And I do believe that there is a relevant difference in allowing benefits based on marriage vice giving those same benefits to single people due to the responsibility and commitment that comes with being legally married, that provides benefits to our economy and our society, such as taking on responsibility for each others financial obligations, combining incomes that provides more buying power to the economy, and agreeing to make decisions of life and death for a person that would otherwise be left up to the government to make.