The US is a nation of laws, a republic to be specific. We should not be a nation of men acting out our emotions and populist whims. The various states of our republic and the communities within those states are well within their rights to make such laws which they believe will sustain and preserve their communities. Our republic protects some minorities but is not required to condone, agree or support them, and in fact, our republic and our various states can and do reject many behaviors which some people wish to be rights.
States and communities frequently decide that they prefer certain behaviors and they prohibit certain behaviors. For example, in the US the states have decided that they do not want a man or woman to have several spouses (polygamy) and the states have decided that sexual activity with minor children is prohibited. On the other hand, in Muslim countries both of these example behaviors are commonly allowed and no doubt some Muslim Americans wish these behaviors were allowed in the US. Similarly, in the US the states and communities within the states are well within their rights to prefer families with the traditional structure of one man and one woman, a structure that has been preferred by civilizations for hundreds of thousands of years.
The DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was passed by a majority of US Congress and signed into law by the President. Similar laws exist in most but not all US states. President Obama and his Attorney General (who set a new precedent, is already charged with contempt of Congress) are derelict in their sworn duties to enforce US law. The people of California passed an Amendment to California’s Constitution which defined marriage in California as between one man and one woman. California also provides equal legal rights to civil unions of same sex couples. Jerry Brown, previously as California’s elected Attorney General and now as California’s Governor, is clearly derelict of duty by refusing to enforce California law and refusing to defend California’s law before the California and US Supreme Courts. Jerry Brown and Barack Obama are refusing to do their duty as elected public servants. These are impeachable offenses. Their actions and inactions favor the desires of a minority against laws which have been duly passed by the representatives of the majority, and also in California’s case against a direct referendum (Prop 8) of the people of California which was necessary to change the state’s Constitution after a judge ruled against the defense of marriage law duly passed by California’s legislature. The President and the Governor of California, acting out their anti-social behavior, stand in contempt of the very people and the Constitutions they are sworn to serve and protect.
Homosexuality, polygamy, pedophilia and other such behaviors existed when the founders and framers designed our republic of laws, and the US Constitution is silent about these behaviors, which means according to the US Constitution, these matters are left to the various states to decide. Do not forget that the states came together and created the Constitution and the federal government. Today, the minority gay community is attempting to force acceptance of its statistically non-normal and non-self-sustaining sexual behavior onto the community at large. They are openly criticizing the traditional family values practiced by the majority of Americans and practiced for hundreds of thousands of years as well as challenging and creating laws and propaganda designed to persuade the majority that their sexual behaviors should be accepted by the majority as normal. Already in California teachers and individuals may be taken to court for hate crimes for merely directing a child to the sexually appropriate bathroom.
IMHO, the DOMA is unconstitutional under the US Constitution and California’s Prop 8 should be upheld as an Amendment to the California Constitution. If the gay community wishes to be tolerated in this republic, then it should respect the will of the communities within which they reside instead of attempting to demonize their communities.
Fred Thompson’s view: http://www.fredthompsonsamerica.com/2013/04/09/same-sex-marriage-both-sides-miss-the-point/#?RID=35841910C1
Aside from the legal and Constitutional issues discussed above, very important moral and societal health questions should concern everyone: redefining marriage as something other than between a man and a woman places the selfish, prurient interests of a segment of adults above the interests and health of innocent children. The future of many would be compromised for the prurient interests of a few.