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On Equality

The House Judiciary Committee is voting on Marriage Equality next week. This needs to be passed.


The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on bill number HB5015, the Marriage Equality Bill, next Tuesday. This bill needs to be voted on in the affirmative so that citizens of this country, a country founded on the ideal that all men are created equal, can experience the equality denied them for so long. There are many same-sex couples in this state that would like to take advantage of this right because they love each other, but they can’t, I would like to see this changed.

According to Steve Ahlquist, writing in RI Future.org, several anti-equality groups attended a hearing on HB5015 last week. They included a group formed by Christopher Grant of NOM-RI (National Organization for Marriage) who joined The Faith Alliance to Preserve the Sanctity of Marriage as Established by God. Also in attendance, joining with the above was Brian Camenker, head of MassAlliance (a Southern Poverty Law Center certified hate group). There is a video clip that goes with this article in which you see those against and for the bill. A boy testifies about his family, he has two moms and two dads. He speaks of the love he feels in his family and hopes that one day we will look back in disbelief at the discrimination that occurred during this time. I hope so.

Many of those opposed to marriage equality do so on religious grounds, they say God says it is wrong. They preach that it is wrong to let two people of the same sex marry because it belittles the sanctity of the institution. This religious sanctity has no place in the law, we do not mix religion and politics in this country, at least we are not supposed to. They also say this sanctity has been present since the beginning of time in the church. This is wrong. The Catholic Church really only got involved in marriage issues during the Middle Ages, sometime around the 12th century. Until then, and even after, it was a legal or business contract, no sanctity there. Now we allow marriage for love. That is a tradition worth extending to all people who wish it.

I would like to see the bill pass and thus allow those same-sex couples wishing to marry to be able to. The law only does what’s right and removes barriers that should never have been there in the first place. We allow interracial couples to marry now, when once this was forbidden. Our country is great, but we have not always obeyed the ideals we were founded on. This we have been correcting. Shouldn’t we correct this mistake as well?

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Fred Engels January 25, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Kendall Conroy - Woody Allen said it best when asked to explain his marriage to his step-daughter. He said, "The heart wants what the heart wants."
Maxin February 03, 2013 at 12:42 PM
How about we do away with marriage and give the federal and state benefits to everyone. Religion is just a business like any other business looking to make money on the believers. I use to be one but the church has been and is immoral to society abusing children for decades and think nothing of it. Hoping the good believers will stay and pay for them to do it again only this time they will keep it secret... The worst sin is to prey on the innocent and they been doing it for centuries. I believe in god but I also believe him never though of paying to pray to him. Confession is just another way the church gets off on your sins. God is great but you don’t need church to have god.
Dan D February 03, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I am oddly in agreement. Currently 13 states have marriage equality or civil unions, with the number growing by 1 or 2 every year. The Fed will have no choice but to flip. Even the Armed forces recognizes gay marriages performed in ME states.
Dan Johnson February 07, 2013 at 04:29 PM
And still, no rational reason has been presented for denial of equal treatment under the law as required by the constitution. Fear remains the primary tool. "The Court finds that neither Congress' claimed legislative justifications nor any of the proposed reasons proffered by BLAG constitute bases rationally related to any of the alleged governmental interests. Further, after concluding that neither the law nor the record can sustain any of the interests suggested, the Court, having tried on its own, cannot conceive of any additional interests that DOMA might further." "Prejudice, we are beginning to understand, rises not from malice or hostile animus alone. It may result as well from insensitivity caused by simple want of careful, rational reflection or from some instinctive mechanism to guard against people who appear to be different in some respects from ourselves." Conclusion: DOMA, as it relates to Golinski's case, "violates her right to equal protection of the law under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution" and "the statute fails to satisfy heightened scrutiny and is unconstitutional as applied to Ms. Golinski." http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/22/BA1T1NB5MR.DTL#ixzz1qkJgYHDp
Dan Johnson February 07, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Equal treatment under the laws currently in effect is what is sought. Equal treatment is not only a promise of the founding documents, it is required by the 5th and 14th amendments to the constitution. "In the court’s final analysis, the government’s only basis for supporting DOMA comes down to an apparent belief that the moral views of the majority may properly be enacted as the law of the land in regard to state-sanctioned same-sex marriage in disregard of the personal status and living conditions of a significant segment of our pluralistic society. Such a view is not consistent with the evidence or the law as embodied in the Fifth Amendment with respect to the thoughts expressed in this decision. The court has no doubt about its conclusion: ...DOMA deprives them of the equal protection of the law to which they are entitled."

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