Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Same-sex Proponents file Brief to Federal Court

by Brig Bagley

26 February 2014

Peggy Tomsic weighs in on the brief filed in response to the appeal of Utah's Amendment 3 court ruling, struck down by Judge Shelby.

"There is no reasonably conceivable way in which excluding same-sex couples from marriage advances any permissible aim of government," according to the brief. "Indeed, the principal justification proffered by the state — a purported interest in preferring some parents over others — is not even a legitimate governmental interest."

"In effect, the state is advocating that same-sex couples’ constitutional freedoms should be subject to a “heckler’s veto” — a veto that is granted only to those members of society having religious beliefs opposed to marriage for same-sex couples," Tomsic wrote. "Constitutional rights would be hollow indeed if courts were precluded from upholding them when some part of the population might be upset."

These are just a few of the statements that best describe invalid nature of the state's arguments in favor of traditional marriage. Tomsic's voice loudly rings with reason.

A constitutional right has no exceptions. No religion can interfere with a governmental right. Just as the government has no place to interfere with religious beliefs (as long as they do not harm or infringe on the rights of other citizens). Legalizing same-sex marriage does no harm to religion. It simply upholds the guaranteed rights for equality under the law.

Every time an advancement is made for the rights of US citizens, there is always a set of citizens that oppose it and are upset. Civil Rights and Women's Rights, for example. But if every time these issues came up, we table them due to others being "uncomfortable" with them, the United States would not be the free State it claims to be.

Every argument Utah has against same-sex marriage is tradition and religious based. Just because gays cannot procreate does not mean they don't have the capacity to raise children. There are plenty of heterosexuals that procreate irresponsibly that should not raise children. With all of the foster children and kids in adoption agencies, gay couples are a blessing to society.

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