I feel like the last person to comment on this Gay Marriage
But its taken me quite a while to wrap my head around why a “crucified” people – at least outside of major metropolitan areas – would want to screw up the BEST part of being Gay, which is never having to say, “I do.”
The Supreme Court of the United States recently heard oral
arguments on whether to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act – which prohibits gay marriage and Proposition 8 in California which does the same.
If the Court rules to strike those laws down that decision would lead to gay marriage in California being legal but would not rule on whether other States bans on gay marriage are Constitutional or not.
If I was a betting man, I would predict that a majority of Justices will take the easy way out and rely on the dictionary definition of marriage, and say that they are not in the word redefining business and thus pass the buck.
There’s a problem with that tactic though…
Not all dictionaries agree on what marriage is these days.
For example, here’s the definition from my “go to” dictionary, the 1945 College Edition of the Winston Dictionary:
Marriage– 1. The act of legally uniting a man and woman in wedlock;
the wedding ceremony; 2. The state of being wedded; the relation existing between husband and wife; 3. figuratively, any close union.
It’s the third definition which may present a problem for those wanting marriage to be reserved for only a man and a woman.
And newer versions of dictionaries, notably The American Heritage Dictionary, Black’s Law Dictionary, The Oxford English Dictionary and Webster’s have gone all in and added “same-sex duos” to the definition of marriage.
From a legal standpoint, whatever the Court does, will lead to CHAOS.
If the Republicans were smart- which they are not- they would follow
Rand Paul’s advice and take marriage out of the tax code completely
and let people “do what thou wilt, which is the whole of the law” anyway… at least in a libertarian society. Which is what a
Jeffersonian Democracy is.
Republicans need to get with the times and get out of the legislating
of social issues business. Or else risk becoming the Whigs…