It is one of the states that piled this on top of its existing law defining marriage as only between one man and one woman. This took affect yesterday and has two key ramifications:
- There is a strong lesson here to those who would depend upon the kindness of strangers, neighbors and legislators. The passive, go-along-to-get-along and smile-and-say-reasonable-things campaigns failed miserably.
- A state that would be king maker or at least presidential signpost with its early primary is setting itself up as an outlier. The heyday of gay-marriage bashing was a year and two and three ago. The nation is heading elsewhere in fits and starts.
Nearly 80% of voters approved the amendment and the House ratified it 92 to 7 (Senate by voice).
Instead of the quiet and often closeted hope (that spero again) that people would not be hypocritical, but act in fairness and support civil rights, out and pushy works better. In such places as Massachusetts and Maine, for example, gay-rights legislation and same-sex-marriage acceptance came from coworkers and neighbors knowing and liking homosexual singles, couples and parents.
Faint heart never won equality.
The actual wording of the amendment is very telling. Constitution Article XVII, Section 15 reads:
A marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This State and its political subdivisions shall not create a legal status, right, or claim respecting any other domestic union, however denominated. This State and its political subdivisions shall not recognize or give effect to a legal status, right, or claim created by another jurisdiction respecting any other domestic union, however denominated. Nothing in this section shall impair any right or benefit extended by the State or its political subdivisions other than a right or benefit arising from a domestic union that is not valid or recognized in this State. This section shall not prohibit or limit parties, other than the State or its political subdivisions, from entering into contracts or other legal instruments.So, a Canadian or Massachusetts SSM is less than red dirt in Columbia or Inman. When in some future decade, they get around to overturning this anti-gay, anti-civil-rights, anti-freedom, pro-discrimination law and amendment, it will be quite a struggle. Surely, that is exactly what the current legislators wanted and got.
Let us muse at the same time on a couple of other unrelated examples of the sandlappers' regression. That same constitution includes:
- Article VI, Section 2. Person denying existence of Supreme Being not to hold office.No person who denies the existence of the Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution.
- Article XVII, Section 4. Supreme Being. No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution.
The amendment will likely prove a Pyrrhic victory. At least by then, many of today's legislators will be dead or spending their days surf fishing.
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