I don't really care one way or another about the word either. They call it "buttbuddy unions" for all I care except for the fact that the legal distinction between two institutions will leave the possibility of bigoted groups like Narth to continue raising challenge after challenge of the rights and privileges individually within the institution.
Take for instance adoption: they will be able to challenge adoption access for the gay marriage institution while leaving it alone in the straight marriage institution. If it is legally the same for both right down to the name, challenges such as this would be much less likely for fear of messing with their own access, too.
The Constitutional Argument for Same-Sex Marriage - News- msnbc.com
Among those who voted against the bill was Senator Hiram Monserrate, a heterosexual accused of battering his girlfriend with a broken glass. He was convicted of committing a misdemeanor assault.
Although Monserrate’s record can hardly inspire confidence in his ability to make sound judgments on human relationships, you can feel empathy for many others on both sides of the issue. They bared family secrets. They disclosed some of their deepest feelings in this historic debate.
Yet, ultimately, it seems clear, the issue of gay marriage has to be decided on the basis of our Constitution, our laws and the very essence of our nation’s history.
The Declaration of Independence says that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
” Does the “pursuit of happiness,” as expressed in the Declaration, justify same sex marriage?
The equal protection clause of the Constitution, embodied in the 14th Amendment provides that “no state shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” --does that justify same sex marriage?
The issue is difficult but the solution ultimately must come from the remarkable documents that our founding fathers created more than two centuries ago.
In an uncanny way, these patriots of yesterday seemed to anticipate the most difficult issues of today. We can hope that their words will continue to guide us and inspire us -- and give us solutions to our most vexing problems.
Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:
These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.