2010-08-13

Ayn Rand Quote of the Day

In light of the recent debate on marriage between human beings, with both "sides" of the issue missing the point so completely, I thought I would remind everyone what a right actually is. We have a tendency to forget what rights are and where they come from. Without getting too preachy, this should help:
"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)."
-- Ayn Rand

Marriage is defined neither by a majority nor by a government. Marriage pre-dates both.