Columbia, SC — During the Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage, Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed out that racial discrimination was left to “perk” for 50 years (1898-1954) and then asked if this was the time to address this area of discrimination. In a developed society, do we really need to formally discriminate against a group for 50 years to come to the conclusion that it is wrong?
Justice Samuel Alito stated that same-sex marriage is very new. Do we need it to become old to know that discrimination is wrong? Even those well-versed in the Bible can cite chapter and verse on the acceptance of others, treating all peoples as we would be treated and those who should not judge others unless they also would be judged. He also asked about the lack of data on the effects on the children within these families. Would it be better if these children were not born or left in foster care?
The defenders of Proposition 8 said marriage was for procreation. If so, should those over 55 be denied marriage licenses? Should those marriages that do not produce children be rendered null and void?
If these arguments don’t give you pause, perhaps substituting another group of people might. Should we treat Italians this way? How about Republicans or Democrats? What about those of mixed heritage?
We are better than this. If we truly want to reduce the size and intrusion of government, why do we insist on unneeded oversight of every person’s beliefs and actions?