Originally Posted by nyjunc
Tebow spends a year in New York as a backup and out of the news and this is his way of getting attention.
Make it stop.
Wrong, the traditional meaning for marriage is largely about property exchange. Sure, traditionally theres certain clauses, if you rape a women you get to marry her. You get to marry your brothers wife if he dies. If your a marauding soldier, you get to marry your prisoner of war. Once you marry a woman you get her slave to. Etc, etc, etc. But in America, we dont follow the traditional religious meaning of marriage, just like we dont follow the traditional religious meaning for alot of other subjects(kill the infidels!). The only guideline the federal government should follow is the Constitution and the will of its citizens when those citizens are not in direct conflict with the Constitution(making amendments to the Constitution, like "dont discriminate"). Religious ceremony has no place. If it did, parents would be marrying their children off to others still, traditionally of course. Many have been confused on that subject, but now even the GOP is figuring it out. And if you disagree with that, then i have to ask: would you oppose the government adopting Sharia law?
Voting rights are allowing in 48 of the 50 states to ex-cons. Again, the two states that dont allow it are being challenged via the legal system. Firearms are only revoked if youve committed violence against others and could end the life(and therefore the rights) of another in the future. That goes for driver license as well. You have to pass a test in order to prove your not a danger to yourself and others. Marriage and the rights that go along with the practice effect no one but those getting married. If "the gay" getting married effects your marriage, your marriage sucks.
So discrimination is only wrong when its in court? Persecution is only wrong when its overwhelmingly challenged? Its not discrimination so long as papers arent being filed at a certain time?
edit: also, the federal government doesnt follow the tradional meaning for many other things. Which is why slavery was overturned, despite "tradition".