It seems that everyday anymore we hear something about same gender marriage in the news. First we have the right to marry in one jurisdiction. And then suddenly we don’t have the right to marry in that jurisdiction. But you can get married here, but that marriage won’t be recognized there. This is an untenable situation that simply creates different classes of people with different rights, which is absolutely contrary to the principles upon which this country was founded. When the question of same gender marriage reaches the Supreme Court – and it will, have no fear – it will be up to the Court to declare that there is no legal basis upon which any state can deny the right to marriage to a same gender couple.
A lot of our problems trace back to Bill Clinton when he was in his early days as President. He naively thought that he would be able to simply declare that there was no longer a problem allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the United States military. Surprise! The Republicans in Congress pushed back – hard. And he caved. After that, the Republicans pushed through their so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) which Clinton signed into law and which has been a weight around our necks for decades.
His horrible “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was finally overturned by Congress (but not without a LOT of screaming and complaining by the Republicans). Now, Congress needs to act to overturn DOMA. If Congress doesn’t act, the question will be removed from their hands and will be decided by the United States Supreme Court.
But that still doesn’t answer a basic question of mine. From the beginning when marriage was first allowed in Massachusetts, there has been this horrible hue and cry that allowing gay marriage would lead to the downfall of civilization as we know it, that gay marriage would harm the institution of marriage. Well, from what I can tell, straight folks haven’t been doing all that well by the institution of marriage for a long time.
Why do I say this? Well, let’s see:
- Kelsey Grammer ended his 15 year marriage over the phone.
- Larry King has had 8 divorces
- Kim Kardashian’s marriage cost 10 million dollars and it last 72 days
- New Gingrich had affairs while his 1st and 2nd wives were very ill
- Britney Speakr had a 55 hour marriage
- Jesse James and Tiger Woods, while married, were having sex with everyone
- Nearly 50% of “traditional” marriages end in divorce
But somehow it is same-sex marriage that is going to “destroy the institution of marriage.” Really? Come on people. Pull you heads out of your asses and get real. You just need us to come in and try to save the institution of marriage for the rest of you.