The Guardian hosts a debate between our very own Julie Novak and Simon Copland on libertarianism and “queer” communities. Julie makes some good points, Simon Copland less so.
One argument was particularly jarring (emphasis added):
Much of this structural oppression is imposed by the state; marriage being a perfect example. Marriage, as an institution, has not only been oppressive for women, but through social pressure promoted by a religious and state apparatus it also subtly reinforces a particular set of sexual and relationship rules.
This sort of oppression is common – from marriage and the military, to regulations about sex work and how we define our gender. It is for this reason that it is ironic that many libertarians focus their energies on marriage equality, instead of the abolition of marriage itself.
Who needs enemies with friends like that?