reply to post by Aleister
Maybe I'm missing something.
Personally, I have not a single care about whom marries whom.
But when the people in a state vote for something (like it or not) isn't what the judge did a violation of the states 10th Amendment?
I would appreciate anyone providing some clarification here.
You didn't ask, but for those who may be confused (or, who, for the sake of their own agendas, may be seeking to instill confusion); this ruling did
not establish, in any way, same-sex marriage, itself
, as "constitutional right"
The Utah Federal judge ruled that Utah's ban
on same-sex marriages violated the State's Own
constitutional guarantees to the rights
of Due Process and Equal Protection Under the Law.
These are (State) Constitutional
rights (having federal analogs as well) which Cannot be summarily denied to Any
person (or at least, to
any citizen) without first demonstrating an over-arching basis for the denial; these rights cannot be simply "voted away", or denied because of
"the will of the people".
In essence, if same-sex couples could be denied the opportunity to marry, under the Law (not under the auspices of the LDS Church, or any other
religious organization), then the door is opened to deny marriage, as well a whole slew of other constitutionally-protected rights to anyone
or any group of "anyones", the "voting public" deems "un-worthy", for whatever cause
-Mormons could be denied the "right" to marry because they once (supposedly) supported polygamy, which is "just wrong".
-Muslims could be denied the right to raise children because they might raise those children to terrorists.
-Blacks could be forced to wear GPS ankle cuffs to track their whereabouts because "you know they commit most of the violent crimes these days".
Etcetera, Ad Absurdum.
Think it can't happen?
Look at what happened to Japanese-Americans in the U.S. during WWII.
And remember, there were calls to do the same thing to Muslim-Americans just after 9/11.
When we seek to deny to others the rights we, ourselves, enjoy we run risk of those self-same rights eventually being denied to us.