DOMA, Gay Marriage, and whatever comes next

There has been a lot of bluster at the Supreme Court as it decided to take up a Constitutional issue from the State of Californification and it’s recently passed Proposition 8. This Proposition defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman. It did not support gay or same sex marriage. Admittedly, I have not dug into the actual language of this bill but I do find it remarkable that an overwhelmingly liberal state supported a right of center approach to marriage. What happened?

Before everyone goes off the reservation accusing this writer of being against same sex marriage, just chill. I am not against it. I do support it but I don’t believe it should be Federally mandated (and I don’t agree with DOMA either for that matter). I’m firmly in the belief that it should be left up to the states to decide what’s best for the people that choose to live within its borders.

Here’s where all the supporters of equality get it all wrong with this issue at the Supreme Court. The will of the people decided what marriage should be defined as during a popular vote. If you didn’t vote, that acts as a choice too. Regardless of the decision, the people of the state decided their destiny. When you have rogue liberals sitting on the bench for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit who decided that they knew better than the will of the people in this matter, then America, we have a real problem.

Since when do we allow judges to determine the destiny of the majority? This is the crux of the issue. If we are a nation of laws, then the 9th Circuit is there to insure the Constitution remains pure and supported. The Supreme Court should be looking at a procedural error on the part of the lower court, not on the validity of marital equality. If the Supreme Court allows the lower court’s decision to stand whether through direct decision or a punt and pass (narrowing the scope of the issue), then the doors will be opened for other issues down the road.

At some point, the will of the people has to mean something. Right now, our country is being ruled via executive fiat and emotion. If that isn’t a recipe for disaster, I’m not sure what is.

Gay Marriage is a highly emotional topic and something that should be discussed at home but yet it’s on full public display without any regard to family values. Equality should not be shoved down an individual’s throat like this. How are schools going to teach this? What if parents don’t want their kids exposed to it at school because they’d rather be the ones to teach them at home? What choice will we have especially when the will of the people is ignored?

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