An acknowledged leader of the Evangelical Christian Right was interviewed on "Face the Nation" last year. Though a few of the topics allowed him to be a shill for the Bush Administration, he really only hit his stride when discussing the "culture war" du jour; Gay Marriage. Absolutely convinced in his belief that gay marriage meant the certain destruction of all civic, civil and religious order, this acknowledged leader invoked bizarre scenarios that opponents of inter-racial and inter-religious marriages wielded decades ago.
That was when I leaned forward a little.
His refutation of a core teaching of his messiah was certainly obvious to me. Some might think it was a refutation of the teaching to, "love thine enemy." Others might think it was refuting the precept of forgiveness. It was certainly a refutation of both of those virtues. But an even more basic teaching was refuted; the simple act of empathy. This acknowledged Christian leader refused to have empathy for another human being.
It just didn't sound Christian. But it was True Belief, nonetheless.
The same arguments that lawfully denied members of different races and/or religions to marry decades ago, is being used in this current debate. It was patently wrong then, it is absolutely wrong now. The world did not come to an end when blacks married whites, when Jews married Catholics.
Even though this acknowledged Evangelical Christian leader might pray and hope for the world to end, it will not end when gays can legally marry.
So in a stern response to the effort by the Evangelical Christian Right and other True Believers for a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage, I have proposed a counter Amendment. One guaranteed to provide Due Process for all and one that will certainly raise a few eyebrows. For this attack on Gays by the Christian Right is an attack on all free thinkers, Gay or Staight.
It is one thing to marry in a Church. But when the Church says who can marry, then a Statement needs to be nailed to the "Wittenberg Gate."
Putting this Proposed Amendment in the hands of our Government Representatives would make a statement. It would loudly proclaim that no longer would the iron hand of Religious Zealotry strangle the throat of Freedom. It would state that a separation has existed between Church and State and that We The People, demand that it be honored.
A Constitutional Amendment to Ban Marriage to be ratified as:
The 28th Amendment.
Whereby the ages old institution of Marriage is couched in Religious Decree, and whereas the government of The United States of America in keeping with the Standards of a Separation of Church and State, therefore the government of The United States of America shall make no law recognizing a religious marriage as valid.
The right of citizens of the United States to enter into a civil union shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex, race, national origin, religious affiliation or economic status.
All persons entered into a civil union in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are contractual entities of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of contractual entities of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person or contractual entity of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person or contractual entity within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
© 2006 by Justice Putnam
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