Friday, June 28, 2013

On Marriage 06-28-2013

This week, the Supreme Court announced in a 5-4 decision that it was striking down key clauses of the mid-90's, President Clinton endorsed, Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

In response, leading Republicans in Congress promptly announced their intention to introduce a Federal Marriage Amendment (to the Constitution).

All I can say is...seriously?

A nation with spending out of control, an administration with numerous scandals that could bring it down, and a Federal Government that has gone far out of bounds of the Constitution given to us by our Founding Fathers and what we're going to focus on as a party is same-sex marriage?

Apparently the GOP is the party of the cat with the laser pointer...

My own views on marriage are that it should be between a man and a woman, but my personal beliefs should never be a matter of policy. Marriage is a covenant before God (or Yaweh, or Gaia, or Allah, or whatever your higher-power-of-choice happens to be) not a matter of State concern.

The state, most especially the Federal Government, should not be involved in marriage at all. Matters of custody, inheritance, and other legalities should be left up to lawyers.

The Constitution should not restrict rights to only certain groups, which is what a Federal Marriage Amendment would assuredly do. Our Constitution is not discriminatory now. Let us not try to make it so.

To those who favor traditional marriage (and I consider myself to be one of you) think of this. When the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was passed, it forced religious institutions to pay for abortions and contraception that may be counter to church doctrine. In due time, if the Federal Government is given total power over the definition of marriage, the Feds will also be able to force churches to recognize same-sex marriage.

There are, of course, some churches that already do recognize same-sex marriage and that is their right. No State official should be able to prevent them from doing so, but neither should the State be able to force religious institutions to sanctify that which is against their faith.

What goes on behind closed doors between consenting adults is no business of the Government's. The Feds already have enough control over our every day lives. Let's not give them even more.

Marriage is a matter best left up to the Church. Let's put it back where it belongs.

If you want your union blessed by God, go to a Church.
If you want your union blessed by the Government, seek mental help.

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