Hofstra Law Review
By the conference description, we are to consider "the relationship of marriage and self-government." 2 It is hard to analyze the relationship of these two, because they are "moving targets." Everyone thinks they know what is meant by "marriage," but as the debate ensues about the extension (e.g., to same-sex couples) and modification (e.g., for covenant marriage rules) of marriage, and our social norms about the roles of parents (married or not) and spouses change, one might wonder how much is certain and agreed upon and how much is fluid and up for review and revision. 3
Brian H. Bix, State Interest and Marriage--The Theoretical Perspective, 32 Hofstra L. Rev. 93 (2003), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/240.