The truth is, most conservatives are against gay marriage, but most conservatives are not anti-gay. I, however, have many friends who are openly gay or lesbian. In fact, we openly discuss this and laugh. Some of them are even conservatives.
One columnist wrote in Jackson Gazette: “I am a true believer in the rights of individuals regarding sexual preference, and not anti-everything like conservatives on the other side of the fence. I believe gays have the same rights as heterosexuals regarding marriage.”
Sure, it’s a free country, but it’s against journalism ethics to twist words as this. The intent of statements like this are simply to make conservatives look bad, even though the words are false. Sure some conservatives might be anti-gay, but so might some liberals.
I have stated over and over again that it is not up to me to decide what is right for America, it is up to the people to decide. In matters like this, all we need to do is follow the constitution.
The 10th amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for the States respectively, or to the people.”
The 10th Amendment is worded as such so that the Federal Government cannot force an issue on the people, like it has with Abortion.
While abortion is NOT mentioned in the Constitution, the Supreme Court somehow found that it was. However many times I’ve studied the Rowe-v-Wade ruling, I simply cannot understand how they found Abortion to be legal by means of the same Constitution that I just read. Abortion simply is not mentioned in there.
None-the-less, we have to go by what the great court has concluded. After all, what the Supreme Court says is law. That may not necessarily be the initial intent of the Constitution either, but thus is a discussion for another day.
It would be more fair if the people decided the abortion issue. If the Supreme Court would have correctly interpreted the 10th amendment, that is exactly how it would have ruled in Rowe -v- Wade.
And, if that were the case, abortion would be legal in some states and illegal in others.
Same for gay marriage. This issue should not be decided by the Federal Government; not the Federal Legislature, and definitely not the Federal Judiciary. It should be up to the states to decide on the issue. Marriage is simply not mentioned in the Constitution, and the states can do with it whatever they want -- the Fed can’t.
That is, if we follow the 10th Amendment. There is a name for this: Federalism.
My view on gay marriage is that following the Constitution is the only way that is fair for everyone. In this way, conservatives cannot force their views on the people, and neither can liberals.
However, my Federalist view on Gay Marriage does not make me anti-gay, as the media will have you believe.