Something About Marriage
Why do so many people bother with the private lives of others? Why should strangers care about who others marry or interfere in their efforts to do so?
Marriage is a civil right. It is a human right. State (as in a nation) regulation or recognition of marriage has nothing to do with the personal, or moral, realm. The state’s legal recognition of marriage should not be prohibited because of any individual’s religious faith or belief, either, because religious belief and practice rightly falls under personal as well. The state’s interest in marriage has always been legal, limited to regulating inheritance, including political titles and distribution of property according to birthright and will.
For many individuals, marriage is a means to publicly proclaim devotion and love for their chosen partner. They may also have a personal and even religious conviction to enhance the social ritual, but ultimately marriage, according to law and the state, is a contract insuring the business of benefits and administration of estates. So what’s the problem with the US allowing the most basic right of individuals to marry? Sexual preference? Surely you jest…
This nation ought to acknowledge what a nation is and how one operates. Every state is a part of the country and, as such, is obligated to behave according to human (and therefore civil, where such individual choices as marriage and abortion are concerned) rights laws and notions. The Federal Government trumps all lesser government, including corporate – at least, it is supposed to and it would be nice it if actually did. Obama has demonstrated an intellectual and moral integrity on the issue of marriage but now needs political spine to insure such a social ethic as one’s right to marry and hand down property as desired is encased in national legal doctrine and assured by consistent practice that is true to the purpose and intent of the law throughout the country. The right of like-minded people to congregate in enclaves and live according to their wishes – as long as their actions do not interfere with the rights and safety of others – will enable opponents of equal access to state-sanctioned and recognised marriage to avoid contact with the rest of us, so those opposing this civil right ought to just back off and, as so many self-identifying deeply-conservative folks like to retort, move on. I would add they should also leave this matter alone.
That’s all for now. Good reading and good day.
Brian D. Sadie
10 May 2012