The cherished institution of marriage in the United States is about to be saved. Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), fresh from his bathroom arrest, and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), fresh from his call-girl scandal, have co-sponsored S. J. RES. 43, dubbed the Marriage Protection Amendment, to bar same-sex marriage. They have joined their colleagues to amend the United States Constitution to state that marriage “shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.” Now, that is a wide constitutional stance.
Even in an institution that has virtually codified hypocrisy as a Senatorial privilege, this one is breathtaking. Gay couples want to take sacred vows to remain faithful to each other for life and bear the costs and obligations of marriage. Of course, these vows would appear to rule out gay sex with strangers in public restrooms or frequenting call girls. Perhaps that is the problem.
If these members truly believe in state rights, then they have to allow states to reach their own resolution of this controversy. You should not believe in state rights only so long as you agree with the decision of the states. For a prior column, click here.
Once again, I will only add that I have long held that the solution to this debate is to get rid of the term “marriage” and have states register “civil unions” for any couples. For a prior column, click here.
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