Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage


Representative Tim Huelskamp introduced legislation to go forth and put some changes to the United States Constitution to ban gay marriage. It is still hard to tell if the House Representative leaders, Republican sponsors or cosponsors are putting any support behind this suggestion. The bill that Huelskamp is trying to push offers lawmakers who are against gay marriage to openly express their views on the subject. The bill states that “this Constitution … shall not be constructed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.”

Those who are against gay marriage would argue that gay marriage is not supported by religion. They think it is “harmful” because it violates natural law. It may deny a child of either a father or a mother, it validates and promotes the homosexual life style, it may even turn a moral wrong into a civil right. Other views on this controversy say that it defeats the states purpose of benefiting marriage, and it could be the cutting edge of the sexual revolution. But those who simply want to marry the person they love are having their constitutional rights abused.

It is a violation of religious freedom. It is a form of minority discrimination. Laws that prohibit homosexual marriage are unconstitutional because the Constitution protects privacy. If it protects privacy, shouldn’t it protect-if anything-consensual sex in a private room? What legitimate reason does a state have in preventing two people who are happily in love from spending the rest of their lives together? When these people are married and 80 years old, is their relationship really going to have effected the lives of those who opposed of it? These people who oppose will look back at these arguments against same sex marriages and see, just like he ban on interracial marriages, that they are backed by nothing more than insecurities, fear and prejudice.  If two people want to be in a relationship, it is nobody’s business but their own. There isn’t really any sort of line between marriage between two men or women, and marriage between a man and a woman. Marriage is the ultimate expression of love. They both want to spend the rest of their lives with each other, and they both want to make each other happy. That doesn’t sound like a sin to me. 

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