Apparently, the President and others of his persuasion are not well-pleased with the Massachusetts supreme court approving gay marriages. In fact, the calls for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage are growing more and more frantic, as those evil homosexuals continue to gain power. Soon we’ll all be forced to be gay, if we don’t watch out!
There’s just one fly in the ointment (besides the fact that most Americans don’t want any such amendment): They have to make up their minds on whether marriage is a civil or a religious act.
If it’s a civil union, then it needs to be treated like any other contract or state-licensed activity, and your sexual preference should not have any bearing. Stripped of any mystical power, getting married is like forming a business partnership. Try “homosexuals are banned from owning their own business” or “gays can’t sign contracts” and see how far that flies.
If it’s a religious thing, then changing the constitution is the only way to go, because the one that I’m reading has this pesky spot in it that says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Which specific religious tradition concerning marriage are we going to follow after we tear up the First Amendment? Probably ought to include that in the new one, don’t you think?
I’m a relatively religious person. I take offense at getting lumped in with the “Bible thumpers” class. But it’s people who insist that their own understanding of God transcends all others’ that created such a category in the first place.
As usual, Mac is both more eloquent (and more pissed off) than me. One of the best lines I’ve heard on the subject was in her comments:
“You argue about it ruining the sanctity of marriage… have you seen Bachelorette and Joe Millionaire?”