The 13th, 14th, & 15th amendments to the US Constitution reaffirmed the Framers intent on liberty, freedom and equality. Without them, the lives lost in the Civil War could have been for nothing. The belief that race, which no individual has control over, somehow makes them inferior; forced enslavement and segregation contradicts the God-given unalienable rights each of us possess, articulated in the Declaration of Independence.
US District Judge Robert J. Shelby, of the 10th Circuit Court, recently ruled that Utah's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment. Quote: "The state's current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason..."
First, government never created marriage. The Creator, acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence, is responsible for it's definition. If Utah was preventing thesecitizens from marrying someone of the opposite sex, as marriage is defined, then Shelby would have justification in using the 14th Amendment. Whatever advantages afforded to those under the true definition of marriage were provided by mankind and can just as easily be taken away, rectifying any disparity within civil unions without touching God's creation.
If appointed, not elected, judges in the judicial branch of our federal government, can prevent states from recognizing the true definition of marriage, what will stop these judicial activists from preventing the Church from denying to perform such ceremonies, under the guise of enforcing the 14th Amendment?
Russell C. Fette