SLU Pundit

The weblog of Kevin Boyd, a student at Southeastern Louisiana University

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Gays sue Ashcroft over gay marriage

It's finally happened. A lesbian couple in Florida is suing Attorney General John Ashcroft over the denial of their marriage license request in Florida, their homestate. The lesbians, Rev. Nancy Wilson and Paula Schoenwether, claim the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a violation of their equal protection rights as laid out in the Fourteenth Amendment.

A few questions about this case I'm interested in as the case unfolds over the coming days:

1) How long was this "couple" together before they got "married"?

2) If the purpose is to overturn DOMA, why are they not using their better arguement in the Full Faith and Credit clause as outlined in Article IV. Section 1? After since the "marriage" is legal in Massachusetts, it would have to be recongized in Florida because the process in Massachusetts is assumed to be legal and proper.

3) Who's paying for the plaintiffs' lawyers?

4) How is the right for gays to get married protected under the equal protection clause if polygamy is illegal, even though it was at the time a required Mormon ritual?

Of course, the easiest way to solve the whole gay marriage question is to get government out of the business of marriage. If pastors and priests do not want to marry homosexuals, they won't and shouldn't be forced to. Marriage to me is a union between a man and a woman, solemnized in the presence of God, for the purpose of building a family and raising children. Since as a Christian I believe homosexuality is a sin, homosexuals cannot marry. However, a substantial portion of Americans do not support this view.

I'll write more on this subject tomorrow when I have more time.


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