The FMA is Back

On the National Day of Silence (today), the Senate Committee on the Constitution is debating the right to keep a group of Americans from two core tenants of the Constitution "that all men are created equal" and that all Americans have the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

The Federal Marriage Amendment is coming back again and DeLay had been quoted as saying it will come back again and again until it passes.

How can we as Americans, read our Constitution with a clear conscience, and then say it's okay to deny couples and couples with children the ability to fully protect and care for each other?

This amendment will not only deny marriage rights, but will also deny civil unions and domestic partnerships nationwide. Many people on the other side of the debate say that we can gain ways to protect ourselves through powers of attorney or wills.

Let us NOT forget Terri Schaivo. She was a heterosexual, married woman, and the government tried to take away the rights of her husband because there was no will. How can we say the government will respect these pieces of paper if a nationwide amendment is passed allowing disrespect of an entire group of people?

We've been down this road before. I didn't work.

State-by-state couples and families are already being damaged by state amendments outlawing their relationships. They are being denied health benefits where they once had them by their employers, such as in Michigan, and domestic violence abusers are allowed to continue abusing their partners in Ohio because their relationships aren't recognized as legal marriages.

This is heartless and cruel, and certainly not Christian. What would Jesus do? Read the red print in your Bible. Would Jesus advocate attacking your fellow man or denying him the ability to live as full a life as possible? Did Jesus say make laws that keep your fellow man down and subservient to you because you are a Christian? No, Jesus said, "love your neighbor as yourself," "of the least of these, you have done to me," and "turn the other cheek."

Ask yourself two things, is it moral to treat another human this way and does this fit with our constitutional caveats of equality, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness?

The answers are obvious.



At 10:26, Blogger jenny said...

i know from KA you're tired, RSE, but some of us have been hoping to see a new post! tell us why you're tired! here is where you can speak, unfold those arms, baby, and come out of the corner into the spotlight where you belong! love ya!


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