Posted by: drew | March 15, 2006

“You didn’t place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.”

The Baltimore Sun reports on an emotional testimony in the Maryland Senate concerning a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

James Raskin, constitutional law professor from American University, responded to Senator Nancy Jacob’s statement, “As I read Biblical principles, marriage was intended, ordained and started by God – that is my belief,” she said. “For me, this is an issue solely based on religious principals.”

His response is golden:

“Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn’t place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.”

The room erupted in applause. Perfect.

ThatDevGuy from Fark.com said it best:

Marriage is a function of religion. If any religious group chooses to marry gays, they can go for it. If any does not, that is also their right.

Civil union is a function of secular society. If any government chooses to not grant a civil union to a gay couple, I say they’ve violated that couple’s rights.

Marriage should be a civil union, but not all civil unions should be marriages. Also, all tax and other legislation should be updated to read “civilly joined” (or whatever we want the verb to be) instead of “married”.

That would solve a lot of problems.

Yes, yes it would. This is a sensible solution to this problem. Far more sensible than using the Constitution, whether it be the MD state, or Federal, to restrict, rather than protect, our rights.

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