The vote on whether or not gay marriage is a constitutional right that should be recognized nationwide will soon be put to the supreme court. What's your opinion?
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OMG...I never heard that saying before but it is hilarious!
I agree, Kathleen. Well stated. I also support churches' rights to perform ceremonies according to their beliefs. But I also feel that the government should not discriminate in civil ceremonies.
If marriage is a state issue, why do you feel it's a Constitutional right, since the Constitution applies to the federal government?
Good question, wba108. States have the right to regulate marriage and other various authority but cannot create laws contrary to the Constitution. 14th Amendment incorporates most amendments to the states: implied right to privacy & creating fami
You can't believe the founders endorsed Gay marriage or believed that equal rights or privacy applied to what they considered an immoral act.
Based upon that it could also be argued that the founding fathers did not believe blacks were created equal even though in their Declaration of Independence it was stated "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
No doubt this is isn't that cut and dry but slavery was a worldwide institution at the time and its my belief the the majority of the founders wanted to get rid of it.
I believe the founders wrote that statement from what they (believed in their hearts) even if they weren't actively living it with regards to treatment of slaves but also (women) who had to fight for (their place) at the table of equality.
Wba108, research the issue in the creation of this government. The founding fathers did not outlaw gay marriage neither did they sanction it. It was a non-issue in the creation of the U.S. Outlawing gay marriage is a relatively modern construct.
I see the relevant question as being does equal protection and implied privacy rights apply to same sex marriage according to the Constitution? I do not believe it does, therefore I see this as a state issue to be decided by the democratic process.
I don't understand why the federal gov't has anything to say about gay or heterosexual marriage as marriage of any kind is not even mentioned in the Constitution at any point!
The cases of Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965) and Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) explain how the Constitution applies regarding freedom to marry, establish families, and sexual relationships.
lawdoctorlee- I see the analogy between interracial marriage and same sex marriage as false and not supported by any great moral tradition. I see the majority opinions in the other cases as advancing a political agenda with regarding precedent.
Are you implying that its immature to have a viewpoint different from your own? Doesn't it shut down honest debate to say this?
It was my understanding that people had finished commenting, but of course if there are conflicting opinions I'd like them to be shared, even if I regard them as immature but only hate speech falls into that category (in my opinion).
Daniel, I should have put the name of the case forward in my earlier comment. The Supreme Court of the United States will hear 4 major cases listed as Obergefell, et al v. Hodges in April 2015. Expect a decision in June.
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