Douglas Kmiec is back in the news for his views on marriage, arguing that the state should completely get out of the marriage business. This is not new to those who saw his appearance on the Colbert Report back in April. Essentially, he seems to be arguing that Catholic moral principles and natural law have no place in public policy. I thought that Colbert did a good job of calling Kmiec out on his compromising of all things Catholic, while claiming to be a voice for Catholics.
For my part, I believe that the state has an abiding interest in supporting the most fundamental unit of society. The Church teaches that marriage is ordered toward the begetting and raising of children. If marriage, as a social institution, fails, it is the next generation that suffers. I shudder to think that my children could reach maturity in a nation where "marriage" has been defined into meaninglessness.