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Should the state grant benefits linked to marriage?
These benefits discriminate unfairly against unmarried people.
In many countries, cohabiting does not give parties the same protections as marriage if the relationship breaks down.
Not being married is a legitimate personal choice which the government should not consider when determining what benefits a person should receive.
People may not choose to be unmarried. They may be unmarried because they cannot find anyone willing to marry them. It is unfair to punish people for something they cannot control.
Marriage benefits might be just one type of benefits provided by a government.
Married people do not just gain benefits, but also incur obligations and costs. The balance of the benefits and burdens of marriage mean they are not unfairly benefitted as compared to unmarried people
(Macedo, p. 99)
Governments should provide benefits to groups that increase overall societal welfare.