Monday, June 5, 2006

End of Marriage Ammendment

Why don't people understand the consequence of their actions?
Our Federal government is spending time this week on an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to legally proscribe the definition of marriage.
This is a waste of time and resources, since it's assumed it will not pass.

But more importantly, it just starts the ball rolling to inevitable condition where "marriage" will be a purely religious construction.

When I first heard about someone acquiring a marriage license I was very confused - why would you need a government-granted license for a religious sacrament? In the 30 years since then, I've still not seen a reason.

I'll assume that those with their undies in a bunch over gay marriage will have some success at the state level across America. If the government (at any level) starts getting into situations where legal definitions of "marriage" are being reviewed by courts, it's only a matter of time before it becomes clear that the government cannot be licensing religious contracts without creating a huge mess with the separation of Church and State. In that situation, the state will be forced to grant the rights/privileges currently reserved for married couples to many sorts of partnerships.

I personally believe that's fine, but I figured it would be another four generations before that happened. If the current anti-gay movement is successful, this could happen in one generation.

But perhaps I'm overestimating their chances of success. I heard a very interesting piece of information on this topic this weekend: statistically this only an issue for conservatives of a certain age. There are only a few election cycles left until this won't be a guaranteed vote for conservatives.

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