Meridian Magazine:The Marriage Protection Amendment A Fight We Can t Give Up

Meridian Magazine:The Marriage Protection Amendment A Fight We Can t Give Up:

Hearing the Senate debate that ended in knocking the Marriage Protection Amendment down this round has been a little like watching a magician who tries to keep your eyes focused on his right hand, while he hides the card in his left. The opponents had a script repeated with few variations, whose lines were designed to skirt the substance of the issue, and chill debate. Yet, redefining marriage is a serious business, whose implications nobody can entirely predict. Surely this warrants thoughtful debate.

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Posted on June 9, 2006, in Mormonism/LDS Church, News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You know all the rhetoric is about letting the people decide. If the Supreme Court says that the Constitution requires Marriage Equality than the people have already decided. Way back when they ratified the Constitution. However, what is not hateful and bigoted about claiming rights for oneself and denying them of others based on beliefs that have no evidence?

  2. While we shouldn’t give up the fight for a marriage protection amendment, we should recognized that any amendment that defines marriage in the constitution is not politically viable. Such amendments do nothing more than paint political opponents as principled defenders of our federalist system.

    Proponents of a federal marriage amendment need a viable amendment. Something like:

    SECTION 1:

    NOTHING IN THIS CONSTITUTION OR IN THE CONSTITUTION OF ANY STATE CREATES A RIGHT FOR A PERSON TO MARRY ANOTHER PERSON OF HIS OR HER OWN SEX. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, A STATE MAY CREATE SUCH A RIGHT UNDER ITS OWN CONSTITUTION BY AMENDING IT TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON MAY MARRY ANOTHER PERSON OF HIS OR HER OWN SEX.

    SECTION 2:

    28 U.S.C. § 1738C (2006) IS NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

    Because this amendment allows states to recognize same-sex marriage democratically if they want, it forces its opponents to defend the judicial imposition of same-sex marriage, and doing that will be politically costly.

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