I like to keep up on the prop 8 trial in California. My knowledge of legal issues, however, is not all that great. I just have a few questions about this case.
- On what basis can Judge Vaughn Walker overturn the California amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman?
- How could a ruling in this case affect constitutional amendments in other states?
- Why is the government so interested in marriage?
I like how people on this forum are very likely to keep the responses civil. I am not trying to bring up something inflammatory, but am curious about the topic. So people know my position on the topic, I am a conservative Christian who believes that marriage should be limited to one man and one woman. My reasons, however, are most likely irrelevant. I am just interested in the legal aspects of this case.
The best argument that I have heard is that prop 8 violates the 14th amendmentMy argument is that people who want to marry someone of the same sex are already allowed to marry someone of the opposite sex, but they say they want to amend the law so as to broaden the definition of marriage. The best way I can think of is that these people are saying they are like the handicapped and need special access ramps to marry.Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States;nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;
nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
I suppose another argument that people who want to marry someone of the same sex could use is that their religion demands they only marry someone of the same sex. Couldn't it be a violation of their religion then to deprive them of one of the basic tenants of their religion?
Why limit marriage to one man and one woman? Where should the limits be placed and why?
- Why not one man and two women?
- Why not one man and one 10 year old son?
- Why not one man and his car (this was actually a case that went to trial 2 or 3 years ago)?
- Why not 2 men and 3 women or one man and one goat?