reply to post by zeeon
Originally posted by zeeon
The Constitution does not - I repeat - DOES NOT have any formal guidance on the concept of "Marriage."
It doesn't have to.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Nor does the 14th Amendments Equal Protection Clause (which the Gay movement uses to justify the Equal Rights warcry) grant a "Right" to Marry. On the
contrary, Marriage is not a garaunteed right. Straights do not have the right to get married, and nor do gays.
The 14th doesn't specifically guarantee ANY rights. What it guarantees is equal protection under the law
of all citizens, BY THE STATES.
No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall
any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction
the equal protection of the laws.
It's really very clear. The states cannot decide to offer some people a privilege (that includes Federal benefits) and not others.
Marriage, as stated in the Constitution is delegated to the states.
As you said before, marriage is not mentioned in the Constitution. You can't claim marriage isn't protected by the Constitution, and then turn around
and say it's delegated to the states by the Constitution. You can't have it both ways. Either the Constitution talks about marriage or it doesn't. And
Majority votes, and Majority Rules - these are the foundations of a Constitional Govnerment, for the people - by the people.
You're mistaken. Majority Rule leads to tyranny of the majority and does not consider protection of the minority rights. Minorities are people
too. And their rights and privileges are are not decided by the majority. If the majority voted that it's OK to kill black people. it would not become
law, as it violates the Constitution of the US. Same with this discriminatory law.
Any state can revoke the ability to grant Marriage Licenses at will - and deprive us all of the "Right" to get married, and they would be
Constitionally within their power to do so.
This is true. If they deprived EVERYONE of marriage, that would be "equal treatment". Now, they are depriving SOME people. That is NOT equal treatment
under the law.
The Federal Government does not manage marriage licenses, the practicalities of getting married OR the presidings of divorce.
True again. But the Federal Government DOES provide benefits to those who are married in each state.
If they want to remove those benefits from ALL
marriages, then THAT would be equal treatment.
We, in California are being force fed (and pray, the rest of the USA soon) to accept homosexuals in our society, wether we like it or not. No longer
are we a Democracy (where Majority rules) but instead steadily moving towards an Egalitarian
The USA is not a Democracy. We are a Representative Republic.
Read about the Difference Here
Is the US a Democracy?
These two forms of government: Democracy and Republic, are not only dissimilar but antithetical, reflecting the sharp contrast between (a) The
Majority Unlimited, in a Democracy, lacking any legal safeguard of the rights of The Individual and The Minority, and (b) The Majority Limited, in a
Republic under a written Constitution safeguarding the rights of The Individual and The Minority; as we shall now see.
...as a Majority we voted to NOT allow same sex marriages in our society and we are being FORCED (In contrary to OUR ACTUAL CONSITITIONAL
RIGHTS) to accept it.
What actual Constitutional rights? The right to discriminate? The right to Tyranny of the Majority? The right to decide who gets rights and privileges
and who doesn't?
What actual Constitutional right of yours is being violated?
edit on 6/15/2011 by Benevolent Heretic because: (no reason given)