I want tighter gun control. But the government can't do that without a good enough reason. And because gun ownership is a right stipulated in the constitution, the bar for this is quite high. The need must be great, and the measure must be the least restrictive measure possible. Well, marriage is also a fundamental right. Marriage is a basic component of the family unit, which is the building block of a society. The right is so fundamental that we cannot even deny it to a criminal. Someone currently in jail still must be allowed to get married, and those are people who have undergone due process, those are people who have had the most basic rights imaginable stripped from them. Any restriction on who can marry who has to be met with a powerful justification.
While you might personally believe that this family unit must be based on a man and a woman, the government doesn't have the luxury of leaning on belief alone. If the legal contract exists, any private citizen must be allowed to enter into it barring a sufficient state interest in preventing it. Because the government is hamstrung by our constitution, and we made it that way to preserve individual freedom. Under the 14th amendment, a distinction of gender must be justified by an "important state interest" that the measure is "substantially related" to furthering. That's it. That's the test. Marriage contract, business contract, speed limits, doesn't matter. That's the test you need to pass for the state to sanction a distinction of gender.
As for your question, I believe that if it's not measurable, or empirical, "truth" will always be subjective to some degree. Your belief in God's will may be absolute, and that a particular reading of his word is absolute. Thing is, there's another guy who has a different reading of the same words, and he believes that to be absolute. A while back, people said similar things about Zeus. A mortal court system can't judge these things. Robbery causes specific, measurable harm to the victim. A wiccan casting a blood curse upon you does not. So the wiccan gets to chant their words over a bowl of newts, or whatever it is they do.
Last edited by Deuce; 07-03-14 at 10:59 PM.
One of you will end up here next!
Yes, please do tell us how the 'gay lifestyle' is different from the 'straight lifestyle,' aside from being the same gender.
Straight people buy houses, cars, go on vacation, raise families, go to PTA, take their kids to soccer and dance class, mow their lawns, take out the garbage, go to church, do community service, etc etc etc.
Can you please tell me how the 'gay lifestyle' differs?
1) Live a life alone
2) Pretend to be straight and live a lie
3) Be gay, hopefully spend his life with someone he loves.
Now you're saying the third option is the one that would result in his life being 'unfulfilled?' I don't understand how you'd believe that. Maybe you think there is a fourth option, become straight? It's the only thing that might sense in this context, but of course it's not an actual option.
If other consenting adults (the only ones who can enter into contract in this country) want the right to marry, then they need to make their case Constitutionally.
For the record, I am not against polygamy (altho I think it's a dumb move for women) or incestuous marriage (because I dont believe many people would petition for this NOR that it would stop the actual results which are the reason it is illegal).