Three More Months Till The Gay Marriage Soap Opera Ends Its Run?
I hope so. Just like I hope the series “Revenge” that I’m terminally addicted to does. The Feds have thrown their hat in the ring and recently announced the U.S. Department of Justice will be filing a brief with the Supreme Court opposing statewide bans on marriage equality as a matter of equal protection under the law. It will be butting heads with the chief attorneys of several states who view marriage as a states rights issue and have asked the Supreme Court to make up its mind – once and for all.
It’s heartening to hear, considering all the Religious Right and political action groups against us, that thousands of others are filing briefs with the Court supporting gay marriage. Businesses like Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Coke, and Johnson and Johnson, religious groups, advocacy groups and politicians, including mayors from over two hundred cites across the country, and even sports teams like the Tampa Bay Rays, New England Patriots and San Francisco Giants.
I know I sound crazy but when some guys take porn to bed, I, on occasion, like to read the U.S. Constitution. (Yea, I’m a nerd at heart.) Despite its lofty, almost religious elevation in our society, it is a remarkably brief, sometimes contradictory and intentionally ambiguous document.
Now all of us gay marriage proponents, str8 and gay alike, are hanging our case on the Fourteenth Amendment, which states “ no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens … nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Case closed right?
Maybe, maybe not.
For nowhere in Article I of the Constitution which talks about the powers of Congress, nor Article II which addresses the powers of the Chief Executive or President, nor Article II which outlines the powers of the Supreme Court is marriage ever mentioned.
Now flip to Amendment Ten: “Powers not delegated to the United States (meaning the Feds) by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states are reserved to the states respectively or to the people.”
Could this mean the Supreme Court might, just might throw the whole SSM issue back in the hands of each state’s voters?
Stay tuned. It’s gonna be one hell of a ratings buster Season Finale.