Call me crazy, but I feel its all connected to our financial system.
Governments with fiat currencies and central banks can steadily fund any long-term social-engineering project. Minor crisis that would cause dislocation and automatic corrections to society can be avoided (at least until long-delayed massive crisis occur).
As the philosopher Alexander Fraser said: “From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to complacency; From complacency to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.” We are at apathy and dependence from long-term “abundance.”
I think we should get government out of marriage altogether. It would certainly cause major upheaval in our social security system.
Profound (but i disagree with your application here) , although WP says,
There is no reliable record of Alexander Tytler's having written any part of the text. In fact, it actually comprises two parts which didn't begin to appear together until the 1970s. The first paragraph's earliest known appearance is in an op-ed piece by Elmer T. Peterson in the December 9, 1951 The Daily Oklahoman, which attributed it to Tytler:
The list beginning "From bondage to spiritual faith" is commonly known as the "Tytler Cycle" or the "Fatal Sequence". Its first known appearance is in a 1943 speech "Industrial Management in a Republic" by H. W. Prentis, president of the Armstrong Cork Company and former president of the National Association of Manufacturers, and appears to be original to him. It is also published in the text of an address by Prentis (entitled "The Cult of Competency") delivered at the February 1943 convocation of the General Alumni Society of the University of Pennsylvania.