Sunday, May 26, 2013
President Barack Obama surprised me last week.
Not since Richard Nixon has a president actually done what he said he would do. Obama took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution -- and he did.
Before this, I saw him as the pick of a poor lot. Now I am pleasantly surprised.
The Constitution says, "freedom of religion for all persons." Thomas Jefferson, who wrote that part of the Constitution, said that period was deliberate and well placed. Ben Franklin, arguably the greatest American of all time, said "no theocracy." George Washington stated "It means you cannot force your religion on me by law and I cannot force mine upon you."
Thus, unfortunately for the tea partiers, the religious question is out, gone, kaput. Therefore, someone please tell me what is the legal basis, under the Constitution, for denying same-sex marriage. I cannot find it.
I must admit that I am morally opposed to same-sex marriage, but who among us is good enough to enforce their moral views upon others by law? I wonder how many will attack me, not what I said.
So thanks to President Obama for doing what he promised to do -- uphold the Constitution as written, not as someone would like it rewritten. Again, tell me where, under the Constitution, the ultimate law of the land whether anyone likes it or not, I am wrong -- legally.
Raymond G. Dostie