Monogamy is traditional in most cultures, and it is the law throughout America since Utah gave up polygamy to acquire statehood.
On the one hand, it might seem baffling that the state gets involved in our love life. Why does the government need to keep track of who's married to whom? Will they next start tracking who our friends are?
On the other, married partners gain certain important legal benefits regarding taxation, inheritance, next-of-kinship, and parental responsibility.
But is there a way for the state to keep track of these legal benefits without regulating our relationships?
This insightful and well-done Aeon article thinks so. Dr. Clare Chambers argues that a more just society wouldn't involve the state in our romantic relationships.