“Gay” marriage is legal in all 50 states

by Jack Minor —

Evangelical Lutherans in the St. Paul, Minnesota area went on record against changing the Minnesota Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and woman.

 

The Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America overwhelmingly passed a resolution to publicly oppose the marriage amendment at its annual meeting in Burnsville on Saturday. This is the fifth synod in Minnesota to adopt a resolution opposing the amendment, which will be on the ballot in November.

 

Colorado recently refused to pass legislation recognizing civil unions in the state and voters in North Carolina recently passed an amendment similar to Colorado’s defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

 

Critics of marriage amendments and even some on the conservative side of the issue have said they “ban ‘gay’ marriage,” however that statement is factually inaccurate.

 

Thus far, all of the constitutional amendments proposed and passed by states have simply issued a declarative statement that the state recognizes that marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman. The words ban, illegal, prohibits or similar language is nowhere to be found in any of these amendments. What may shock individuals is that there is currently not a single state that actually bans “gay” marriages.

 

Historically, marriage has been recognized as a commitment between two individuals and in many instances recognized by the church, with ceremonies often being performed by a member of the clergy.

 

Under existing laws, there is nothing prohibiting any same-sex couple from getting a member of the clergy or anyone else for that matter to conduct some type of ceremony acknowledging their “marriage” or any other type of commitment they chose to have.

 

Homosexual advocates say these ceremonies are not recognized by the state and while that may be true, it is one thing for a state to not recognize something, and quite another to ban it entirely.

 

For instance, there are many private Christian universities who offer college degree programs which are not recognized by the state. Individuals transferring from these colleges into state colleges will often find their credits do not transfer over because the state does not acknowledge the credits of an unaccredited institution.

 

While people can argue whether these private credits should or should not be recognized, no one in their right mind would say legislators are attempting to “ban” private colleges simply because they do not recognize them.

 

The same principle holds true for “gay” marriage. Only in the minds of liberals does refusing to accept something automatically equate to banning it. I would challenge anyone in the homosexual community to show us legislation that specifically prohibits to “gay” people or for that matter anyone from conducting some type of ceremony honoring their commitment to each other. You will not find one, because to do so would violate the free-speech protections of the First Amendment.

 

While a person is free to lobby lawmakers and attempt to persuade the public to adopt their point of view, homosexuals have no more right to force a state to acknowledge their relationship then individuals attending a private unaccredited college do to force the state to recognize their degrees.

 

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6 Responses to “Gay” marriage is legal in all 50 states

  1. MnGuy says:

    Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 765.001 (2) states that marriage is between a husband and a wife. 765.01 restates this point. 765.04(1) makes it so that residents of Wisconsin who have a gay marriage outside of state have their marriage considered void in Wisconsin, and 764.30 lists the penalties for such marriages as up to $10,000 or 9 months imprisonment. 765.04(3) makes it illegal for someone out of state to get married in Wisconsin if the marriage would be void in their resident state.

  2. JJWJ says:

    Interesting article
    Consider adding more information/references that support this claim. While some people will believe anything they read, most of us do not.

  3. Ultimately it’s not going to matter which states write discrimination against law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples into their constitutions, nor will it matter which states grant marriage equality to those same couples, because it is the FEDERAL government that bestows most of the legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities that married couples receive. This is an issue that the Supreme Court of the United States will eventually have to tackle, and I’m confident that they will decide that there is no Constitutional justification for denying Gay couples the same legal benefits that Straight couples have always taken for granted.

    The main sticking point is the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which was signed, to his eternal shame, by President Bill Clinton. DOMA is transparently unconstitutional, since it establishes differing legal standards for Gay and Straight couples in the United States.

    Consider: A Straight couple legally married in Iowa is automatically entitled to 1,138 legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Many of those benefits have to do with tax law, Social Security, inheritance rights, child custody, and so on. But because of DOMA, a Gay couple that is legally married in Iowa is still unrecognized by the federal government for those benefits.

    Consider, also, the “Full Faith & Credit” clause of the Constitution. Because of this, any Straight couple can fly off to Las Vegas for drunken weekend, get married by an Elvis impersonator, and that marriage is automatically honored in all 50 states, and at all levels of government. But thanks to DOMA, a Gay couple that is legally married in Iowa becomes UN-married if they relocate south to Missouri.

    The ONLY real difference between a married Gay couple and a married Straight couple is the gender of the two people who have made the commitment. It has nothing to do with procreation, since couples do not need a marriage license to make babies, nor is the ability or even desire to make babies a prerequisite for obtaining a marriage license. So there is really no constitutional justification for denying law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples the same legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities that married Straight couples have always taken for granted. This cannot be accomplished in a piecemeal, state-by-state fashion; it is the FEDERAL government which, through its own actions, has made this a federal issue.

  4. Bill CVB says:

    Gay marriage. Now how can they decide on who will be called Dead Beat Dads now? The courts are fixing to be really strained with that one! As if the courts don’t have enough headaches already! By the way. In some states Sodomy is a crime! http://www.sodomy.org/laws/

    LOL In reality. It is not about love. Not the kind God wants us to have anyway. It is more the love of a pleasurable feeling. I can love a man but it don’t mean I want to marry him and lay down in a bed as if he were a female!

  5. Winghunter says:

    Not a single society in the long history of mankind has EVER confused sexual deviants & marriage http://bit.ly/LquTqM

    Child Molestation by Homosexuals and Heterosexuals by Brian W. Clowes, Ph D, David L. Sonnier http://bit.ly/JCk6WH
    http://www.vnnforum.com/archive/index.php/t-66025.html
    “…In fact, a number of studies performed over a period spanning more than half a century — many of which were performed by homosexuals or their sympathizers— have shown that an extremely large percentage of sexually active homosexuals also participate in child sexual molestation. This is not “homophobia” or “hatred,” this is simple scientific fact….”

    The dark, intolerant, and abusive nature of the gay agenda http://bit.ly/GMla8s
    “…The program borrowed from the Chinese and put forward for gay activism by Kirk and Madsen involves three steps: 1) Desensitization, 2) Jamming, and 3) Conversion…”

    The ‘Gaystapo’ http://bit.ly/qopw6d
    “Homosexual groups have been bullying companies, movie studios, schools, and Christian groups for decades. A recent act of bullying came from GLAAD when the pro-homosexual group demanded that Universal Pictures remove anti-“gay” language from the Ron Howard film, The Dilemma. I’m not the only one making the claim of homosexual Gestapo tactics. A number of liberals have been critical of GLAAD, arguing that it “has turned into one of the biggest bullies in Hollywood.” Consider this report:…”

  6. Winghunter says:

    Not a single society in the long history of mankind has EVER confused sexual deviants & marriage
    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/gay_marriage_the_hidden_agenda.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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