Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Scottie Mac, from Monday:

I want to read out one statement from the President. This is a statement by the President: The sacred institution of marriage should not be redefined by a few activist judges. All Americans have a right to be heard in this debate. I called on the Congress to pass and to send to the states for ratification an amendment to our Constitution defining and protecting marriage as a union of a man and a woman as husband and wife. The need for that amendment is still urgent, and I repeat that call today.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Earl Warren, from 1967, opining on the subjects of law and marriage:

Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the... classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious... discriminations. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person... resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.

Of course I'm sure you can guess what word/phrase those ellipses represent, but for the record, the Fourteenth Amendment does not contain the word 'race' anywhere within it.

Hmmm, George W. Bush or Earl Warren. Wonder who's right on this little matter of constitutionality?

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