Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.
And that language runs afoul of the recent Supreme Court DOMA ruling. Here are excerpts from Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion:
The history of DOMA’s enactment and its own text demonstrate that interference with the equal dignity of same-sex marriages, a dignity conferred by the States in the exercise of their sovereign power, was more than an incidental effect of the federal statute. It was its essence.
…The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity. By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.
“No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” (excerpt from the Fifth Amendment)
All I can say is “God Bless You, Congressman Wolf.” I’ve been crying in the wilderness for years about your so-called human rights record. The fact is that you don’t believe in human dignity. You believe in “some humans’ dignity,” the dignity that extends exclusively to your political base. I discussed your discriminatory “religious” conviction here, and there is so much more.
No offense, Congressman, but there is an ugly wind of hate in this county, and you seem to be the chief community organizer and fundraiser. You built the hate in this county. I wish you the best of luck. In fact, I hope that you can convince the entire Republican delegation to sign on to your legislation. I wish you well.
Dave LaRock, Randy Minchew, Tag Greason, David Ramadan, Bob Marshall, the all-Republican BoS: Please climb on board. Demand a FMA. Show your true colors.
I’ll take the rainbow.