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At this happy gathering of the Michigan family it is fitting to begin by discussing the law of the family. David used the Marvin case as the central example of the various principles which he supported and opposed. I want to focus on that case in order to consider whether he has successfully distinguished among these principles of state coercion and state facilitation of individuals' free choice. Let me begin by. briefly restating David's view of the Marvin case, as I understand it.

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