It seems the party for “Constitutional values” has been once against struck down for violating our Constitution — specifically the Fourteenth Amendment — according to a U.S. District judge who ruled Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
And so the debate on the legalization of same-sex marriage continues forward.
Then again, calling it a “debate” is really kind of a joke. Our First Amendment makes it pretty clear that our laws can not be influenced with established religion. So being that basically the entire argument against same-sex marriage comes from religion, it’s clear that any ban on same-sex marriage is absolutely unconstitutional.
There are plenty of debates in politics where there are grey areas in which both sides make valid points. Take abortion for instance. “When” life begins is the debate and basically both sides have legitimate arguments. The issue with that debate though isn’t as simple as same-sex marriage. With abortion, it’s a more complex issue involving not just when life is created but how much control a woman has over her own body. Which is what I protect. The right to choose, to me, is about letting the woman decide for herself what to do with her own body.
But when it comes to same-sex marriage, there’s nothing to complicate the issue. As far as government is concerned, the only role in marriage it should have is dealing with the legal ramifications of what happens once a couple is married, how to handle the children in case of divorce and the divorce itself. “Marriage”, as far as legalities go, doesn’t even have to be done by any religious institution at all. A simple Justice of the Peace can legally marry a couple and Las Vegas has taken “getting married” to a whole new level of ease.
So in reality marriage, as far as it being “legal,” has nothing to do with religion — at all.
Then even if you want to say marriage is about religion (and only religion), then the government can’t impede on any particular church’s desire to marry a same-sex couple — which is exactly what states that pass bans on same-sex marriage do.
If my church wishes to marry same-sex couples, but the government of Texas (for example) forbids it, that’s unconstitutional. You know, being that the Constitution forbids the government from making laws based on religion. Then if the state wants to argue that their ban on same-sex marriage isn’t based on religion, then they’re admitting to discrimination against homosexuals, which is also illegal.
See, this “debate” isn’t a debate at all. There’s no legal or logical grounds for which conservatives can continue to deny the right to marry for same-sex couples.
So like I’ve said before, it’s no longer a question of if same-sex marriage will become legal nationwide, but when.