Today’s issues are gay rights and marriage equity. As I have asked in most every post about gay rights and marriage equality, where is the harm?Government is tasked to protect its citizens. That means making murder, stealing, assault and other actions like them illegal. All those listed as well as many more not listed and the variants of each, hurt people in some way. It can’t be shown in any way how being gay hurts anyone.
To make it illegal for a same sex couple to get married is placing their action in the same category as those that commit one of the other crimes listed above. There is absolutely no rationalization for it.Governor Romney has stated very clearly that he will not support gay marriage. Members of the party he belongs to have tried for many years to pass a constitutional amendment that would prevent states from enacting laws that would permit marriage equity. The party also, in the house and the senate teamed with a republican president, passed the Defense of Marriage Act (odd name for legislation that restricted marriage instead of expanding the rights of marriage to more citizens). The courts have struck down the act, but those in supported of the act are fighting it to keep on the books. It is believed that Romney working with his party would set back the quest for gay rights and marriage equity many years.
Obama on the other hand has come out in support of gay rights and supports marriage equity, although he said he would leave it to the states. When the Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional by the courts, he refused to defend it, an action that let the court’s decision stand. The house, controlled by Republicans, is now taken up arms in defense of the act.For gay rights and marriage equity, Obama receives the Responsible Community’s support.