May 18, 2004
"I, Frank, Take Thee, Bob ..."
Now that the state judiciary has cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Massachusetts, the AP reports, "hundreds of gay and lesbian couples ... obtained marriage licenses Monday."
What the AP doesn't mention is the widespread confusion among wedding attendees as to which side of the church to be seated.
Considering the other issues facing America, it's difficult to give a damn about this one except on the following two points. First, it's a fundamental violation of the doctrine of separation of powers for a judiciary to write law. And second, it's a proven disaster to address any cultural disputes -- i.e. alcohol prohibition, abortion, flag burning and same-sex marriage -- with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
This is an issue for "the people" to address through their own state's legislative processes, as the 10th Amendment clearly directs.
But here's a couple questions for the gay couples who ran to the altar en masse in Mass (feel free to boo that) yesterday. Prior to the court's decision yesterday, who or what stopped you from making a liftime, exclusive commitment to one another? And what does a marriage license give you now that you couldn't have before Monday?
Prediction: once the novelty and the attenting-getting nature of same-sex marriages wears off, the amount of applications by gay couples for a wedding license will be nil.
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