One of the common talking points swirling around the defense of marriage I often hear is that we need to privatize marriage and simply get the government out of it. These talking points are often a diversion from the real attacks on marriage by homosexual demands groups. For others, it is an actual game plan.
There is an outstanding article from a self-identified Libertarian that is a must read for anyone interested in this subject. It helps provide an understanding of why marriage really is an important societal issue worthy of government protection. I must warn you that this will leave you wanting more. It is only the first of a three-part article called “Privatizing Marriage is Impossible.” Take a look here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/04/5069