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Don’t stretch intent of 14th Amendment; let the states decide

Debating same-sex marriage, part 1

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In the case of Hollingsworth vs. Perry, argued Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to declare same-sex marriage a right in all 50 states. It should not. Twice same-sex marriage has been on the ballot in Washington state — in 2009 for the substance and in 2012 for the name — and twice I voted for it. I’m still for it, but I’m for the states deciding it on their own time. Washington ...

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March 31, 2013
9:44 p.m.

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I disagree with Bruce, in that no one - states included - should have the right to decide who can be married. The court should affirm the right of all American citizens to choose a person to marry. Same-gender (not sex) marriages don't harm anyone. They do offend people - too bad. We all do things that offend others and take offense in the actions of others; that does not give any of us the right to decide the behavior of others when it causes no actual harm. The specific intent of the Constitution is to guarantee rights to all citizens equally, without religious bias.