Posted by jrd_x on 5/15/2012 2:53:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/15/2012 2:46:00 PM (view original):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 racial 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 racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.
Posted by jrd_x on 5/15/2012 2:36:00 PM (view original):I don't make laws. Which one of these words is confusing you? "Nope. Marriage is not a right."
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/15/2012 2:32:00 PM (view original):And, just so we're clear, you're ok with government not allowing interracial marriage?
Posted by jrd_x on 5/15/2012 2:26:00 PM (view original):Nope. Marriage is not a right.
Is interracial marriage a right?
Want to drive? Get a license.
Want a gun? Get a license.
Want to marry? Get a license.
To the best of my knowledge, only one of those is addressed in the Constituion(an amendment at that) and you STILL HAVE TO GET A LICENSE. That doesn't sound like a "right" to me. Sounds like you have to meet specific conditions.
Loving v. Viriginia
Thanks. Let's concentrate on this: fundamental to our very existence and survival
First, we don't need to be married to exist. Once we're born, we exist. Marriage is just something we do(and I'm not sure why other than cultural upbringing).
Second, for the species to survive, it must procreate. You don't have to be married to procreate but, in many religious circles, having children out of wedlock is frowned upon. Take religion out of the equation and marriage doesn't necessitate "survival".
So, with that in mind, do you think SSM in necessary for existence or survival?