Monday, March 31, 2008

Recently I read that the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday in favor of amending the state constitution to ban gay and lesbian marriage in Pennsylvania. While this amendment has a way to go before actually being passed, the fact it was approved yesterday in Committee has been rather appalling to me.

Somewhere some Americans have forgotten about the United States Declaration of Independence and the famous phrase it included. "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is still an inalienable right that all Americans should be entitled too. In 1967, Justice Warren wrote while addressing anti-miscegenation statute, "The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men." Have we not learned anything in the past 40 years?

If this amendment continues on it will be a sign of how Americans today care less about equal civil rights for all, and more about separation and discrimination. It continues today with gay marriage, but maybe race, religion, or gender is next. No American should have to be forced to ride in the back of the bus, drink from a separate water fountain, nor be denied marriage.

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  1. wonderful post. i posted at my place. short but truthful.

    i tend to ramble, so for me, short is better.

  2. I have found this working in business. Long emails have details missed and long letters seldom are published in the newspaper. I try and stay to the facts and the main point.

    Thanks for the compliment.