Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Same Sex Marriage Ban Off the Cards

For some time, American Republicans have attempted to ban same sex marriages---often claiming that permitting these marriages may (a) undermine traditional marriages and/or (b) their peculiar and hotly contested understanding of religious texts leads them to the far from certain view that God jus' don' like it. President Bush had made a constitutional ban against same sex marriage an odd key plank of the midterm election campaign----after all, what else did he have to run on? Declaring we're in World War III?

Some good news at last: not only had the Senate voted against this bill, but now the House of Representatives has voted against it as well. By 47 votes, too. Not only does failing to permit such relationships seem to clearly violate the human rights of many people (clearly discriminating against them), the courts have finally begun to pick up on this. A constitutional amendment would have to have been created.....urm....because the constitution's principles support it (and even with an amendment the discrimination continues to be unlawful). A great victory for liberty.

See the story here.

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