Monday, June 05, 2006

Gay Marriage

Wow! Its been over a month since I have last posted and yes a post on globalization is in the works but until then I have a scab to pick. Today, June 5th, the Congress of the United States is debating a constitutional amendment against gay marriage. We have an exploding deficit, a failing war in Iraq, levee's to be rebuilt in New Orleans, and don't forget about the horrible state of affairs our health and educational system find themselves in--and our congress is wasting time by taking on the role of preacher. Why?? Simply put because Republicans have forgot what it means to be conservative and as such are losing their base. To rectify this they need a gimmick to mobilize social conservatives. A gimmick which will result in nothing tangible other than the re-enforcement of stigmas and prejudices against homosexuals in this country. Remember for this to pass it would require 2/3 support from the legislature and well as approval from 3/4 of the states in order to become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. And even then we would not be passing one amendment but two. *Refer to the 18th and 21st amendments.

This nation is not an atheist nation; nor is it a protestant, catholic, islamic, or universalist nation. We have a freedom of religion as well as a freedom from religion. This amendment, if passed, would change that. The Constitution of the United States is perhaps the most notable legal document in human history. This is so because of its flexibility, broad interpretations, and legacy for protecting the rights of individuals from governmental infringment as well as from infringement by their fellow neighbors. While some may disagree with marriage between homosexuals on moral grounds in this nation: others do not. And since gay marriage posses no tangible harm to any other person, though it may offend, to ban it within the confines of our constitution would be a disgrace to the very document and institutions it represents. The preamble of the constitution states, "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States." To ban gay marriage would secure none of those aspirations for our nation and I would venture actually infinges upon many of them. Some of the most influential political writings that I have ever read were written by James Madison, our 4th president. He states time and time again that government must not be carried by the whims of the people, but by reason and moderation derived from the people so that the majority may never establish itself as despotic towards a minority. Just something to think about. Cheers.