The principles that rule this blog

Principles that will govern my thoughts as I express them here (from my opening statement):


  • Freedom of the individual should be as total as possible, limited only by the fact that nobody should be free to cause physical injury to another, or to deprive another person of his freedoms.
  • Government is necessary primarily to provide those services that private enterprise won't, or won't at a price that people can afford.
  • No person has a right to have his own beliefs on religious, moral, political, or other controversial issues imposed on others who do not share those beliefs.

I believe that Abraham Lincoln expressed it very well:

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot
so well do, for themselves — in their separate, individual capacities.”


Comments will be invited, and I will attempt to reply to any comments that are offered in a serious and non-abusive manner. However, I will not tolerate abusive or profane language (my reasoning is that this is my blog, and so I can control it; I wouldn't interfere with your using such language on your own!)

If anyone finds an opinion that I express to be contrary to my principles, they are welcome to point this out. I hope that I can make a rational case for my comments. Because, in fact, one label I'll happily accept is rationalist.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Mexico and gay marriage

In most of the country, the question of same-sex marriage is coming up state by state. Thirteen states have legalized it; many of the remaining ones have tried to ban it, but cases like the decisions by Federal Judge Timothy Black (affecting only Ohio, so far) seem to indicate that even those states that will not perform same-sex marriages will have to recognize them when performed in the states that will. But in New Mexico, things are taking a county-by-county path. New Mexico has no state law that either permits or prohibits same-sex marriage. So some counties have recently begun issuing licenses for same-sex marriages, whil others have refused. And so in New Mexico, it depends on what county you live in.

However, this is about to change. The New Mexico Supreme Court has been asked to rule, so when it decides, this should decide it statewide.

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