"Men did not make the earth ... it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." -- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice
When the federal government was created, the states had dominion over their own areas and the federal government was given very specific enumerated powers. They have since granted themselves other powers that are not theirs too assume but the illusion is enforced and states lack the balls (for the most part) to oppose them. If the feds decide to withhold money from Texas over this then Texas should nullify federal taxes collected on oil refineries or other such. The STATES, not the federal government, are supposed to hold the most power. We need to get back to that.
Last edited by iguanaman; 05-13-15 at 01:18 PM.
The very fact that the debate is about gay "marriage" shows it is not an attempt to gain equal rights. If one wanted equal rights they could simply bring a court case demanding that civial unions be granted all rights given to state recognized marriages. Under that platform there is no possible way for the courts to turn it down. It would violate the equal rights amendment. This would then solve all the problems such as tax benefits, inheritance, etc. It is plain to see though that this is not the goal. The goal is to alter the fundamental meaning of marriage so as to legitimize these unions morally. The hope is that if the word marriage can be changed to include homosexual unions they will obtain the moral equivalence they desire. The problem is, as evidenced by the public conflict, it is not considered morally equivalent. To attempt to force a change in peoples morals by use of powers of the state one enters very dangerous territory. It should always be the goal of the populace to keep the state out of the game of moral enforcement. The greatest dictatorships arise from such abuses.