No reason to fear same-sex marriage

newsroom@islandpacket.comJune 27, 2014 

Of the 50 states, 37 do not allow or recognize same sex marriage. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court partially struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in Windsor vs. United States.

What the court majority said was that same-sex couples married in one of the 13 states that approved same sex marriage could not be denied federal benefits. Recently President Obama, by executive order, extended federal benefits to married same-sex couples if they live in any of the 50 states.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court did not stop individual states from preventing same-sex marriage.

The 14th Amendment, Section 1 (dealing with civil rights) of the U.S. Constitution states, "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States." In my opinion, the Supreme Court has continued to violate the civil rights of married same-sex couples by not overturning DOMA completely.

The main argument made against same-sex marriage is that it diminishes and somehow threatens traditional male/female marriage. Maybe some reader can explain to me how same-sex marriage negatively affects my own marriage of 58 years.

Philip W. Wolfe

Bluffton

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