Sunday, June 01, 2008

Legislating Relationships

Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10) introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution in May to ban same-sex marriage. It seems the Republican was rather upset with the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing gay marriage. Rep. John Shimkus (IL-19) must have felt the same way. He immediately signed on to the amendment as co-sponsor.

The Marriage Protection Amendment, H. J. RES. 89, is a simple sentence: Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. It becomes law once three-fourths of the states ratify it.

Legislating human relationships never has a positive outcome. More often than not, love has a way of finding people. People try incredibly hard to turn it around and succeed at finding love. They eventually realize kismet does not work that way. When love is that genuine, it is a rare gift. Anything else society comes up with is nihil ad rem (i.e., nothing to do with the point) -- that includes gender issues.

Cosponsoring this type of amendment is nothing new for someone as pitiful as John Shimkus. Maybe he is afraid that he will receive a lot of offers of marriage from his male constituents.

Wonder how his gay staffers feel about this.

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