"After more than two centuries of American jurisprudence and millennia of human experience, a few judges and local authorities are presuming to change the most fundamental institution of civilization," the president said. "Their action has created confusion on an issue that requires clarity."
"Unless action is taken, we can expect more arbitrary court decisions, more litigation, more defiance of the law by local officials, all of which adds to uncertainty," he said. (from MSNBC)
Americans are standing up for what the believe is right, and our president thinks we are "confused". We don't agree with him, so we are suffering from confusion. We can't have that, of course. No confusion. My way or the highway. Praise to (the Christian) God. Heil Bush.
I'm amazed and befuddled at all this. It seems to me to be a CLEAR case of fishing for votes from the more Conservative members of his party, but this is ludicrous. A consitutional amendment because we are confused? Because loving couples, who happen to be the same gender, wish to get married and have the same tax incentive as multi-gender couples do?
Let's face it - the religious and/or spiritiual part of marriage is not part of this fiasco. If same-sex couples wish to enter into a spiritual union - that's between them and their faith. The only thing the government controls are tax and property ownership issues, inheritence, things like that. (I'm sure I've left out some details here, so spare me. The point is - "love" is not legislated) The "corporate" side of marriage. But here's our country's leader, invoking God in all his glory, and saying this is confusing, inferring that it is WRONG.
I've had it with legislated morality - forcing the morality of the politically influencial onto the rest of us.
Write your congressman, your senator, and the White House itself and let them know that you disagree with this and the other religious oriented legislation that's currently being peddled. (I refer you to the journal of khaosworks for several very well informed discussions of the bills at hand) Be sure and quote Thomas Jefferson when you write them, that should shake them up a bit. :)
Quoting Thomas Jefferson from khaosworks:
Well, you don't really have to look towards the Congressional Record. A simple Google search will turn up Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, where he writes near the end:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. (my emphasis)
The Supreme Court first quoted this letter in the 1947 case of Everson v. Board of Education 330 U.S. 1 (1947), and used it to show that the intent of the Establishment Clause (as that portion of the 1st Amendment is known) is to build that "wall of separation between Church and State."