Every now and then I hear someone say,"You can't legislate morality." What on earth could these people possibly mean? What an illogical statement! What else are our civil laws except the legislation of morality? Wouldn't you consider our laws against stealing, breach of contract, and murder worth preserving? Yet are they not the legislation of morality?
When people argue that you can't legislate morality they are usually objecting to legislatures passing laws that are against their personal self-interest. Every time some new vice is discussed before the legislature we hear again the "You can't legislate morality" argument. What they mean is "We don't want society to create laws that make it illegal to do something they want to do."
Let's be honest: all laws are about legislating morality. The only question is, what should be our standard of morality.
So the next time someone suggests that we can't legislate morality, invite them to think about it more deeply.