America is at a cross-roads. We have a past that includes a majority of people trying to impose their set of values on the minority. And now… the minority is attempting to impose their values on the majority via the Judiciary and Executive Branches, while refusing to enforce the current statutes and acting illegally….
Marriage is not currently defined in the United States Constitution. The legal status of marriage is thus left up to the individual States, because anything that is not specifically included in the Constitution, was intentionally left to expression of the will of the people in the more local assemblies of the States. That seems inherently wise of the Framers of the Constitution to me. ALL of us should restrict our grasp for power and control!
However, I do accept the Constitutional provisions for Amendments. If marriage is to be defined Nationally, that is how it should be defined. Via Constitutional Amendment. Until that time, all discussion of marriage should be shelved. I personally believe that only way to attain equality in an inoffensive manner is to eliminate the concept from our legal system completely. Make marriage a religious sacrament, as it was originally understood by our Forefathers to begin with. Allow all citizens to have equal rights under Civil Unions and restrict the term Marriage to religious ceremonies. Remove all favoritism from religious ceremonies: require those married in any such ceremony to jump through all of the hoops that those simply going through the civil channels do. And remove the current coercive practices of forcing religious institutions and persons and businesses to participate in events that they oppose for because of their religious beliefs. NO baker should be forced to prepare a cake in support of a practice with which they do not agree and do not wish to participate. Such coercive practices are demeaning and unconstitutional, and punitive. NO American in their right mind would accept as appropriate forcing Jews or Muslims to participate in the slaughter or processing of pork and thereby making themselves ritually impure. Such practices are immoral and unethical and make a mockery of justice. They are simply a means of using the American Judicial System as a means to Institutionalize Injustice and Intolerance and Selfishness under the deliberately false and misleading suggestion that they are seeking justice and to promote tolerance….
I am going to ask none other than Oscar Wilde to help me out here. Mr. Wilde was an Irish author… and he was gay…. This is a longer presentation of the same quote from him I have used before, and this is an excellent operational discussion of BIGOTRY.
“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people’s lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at creating around it an absolute uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognises infinite variety of type as a delightful thing, accepts it, acquiesces in it, enjoys it. It is not selfish to think for oneself. A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. It is grossly selfish to require of one’s neighbour that he should think in the same way, and hold the same opinions. Why should he? If he can think, he will probably think differently. If he cannot think, it is monstrous to require thought of any kind from him. A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.”