Wednesday, October 25, 2006

NJ Court rules in favor of gay marriage or its equivalent.

This just hit the news, and I may have more to say about it after I have a chance to read the opinion, but it's another opportunity for me to make a point about marriage that I never see anyone else make.

The marriage relationship is the most exalted and protected relationship recognized by American law. The State can deprive you of your property, your right to vote, and your right to possess firearms. The government can restrict your freedom to travel, your ability to operate a business or to drive a vehicle. The State can lock you up, terminate the parent child relationship and, under certain circumstances, put you to death. But there is one thing the State cannot do.

Under no circumstances can the State dissolve a valid marriage without consent of one of the parties.

The rights, privileges and protections of the marriage relationship are the most fundamental rights we enjoy as citizens.

You do not have to show a rational basis for being married. It is inconcievable, therefore, that there could be a rational basis for denying two people the right to engage in marriage or, in other words, to enjoy this most fundamental of rights.

It's nice to see justice triumph once in a while.

5 Comments:

  • Nice post... Their entire basis for denying that right is irrational, as far as I'm concerned -- meaning, specifically, their particular views about morality in general, along with their general feeling that said morality should be regulated in accordance with fundamental Christianity.

    By Blogger Blowing Shit Up With Gas, at 3:26 PM  

  • They should move New Jersey to California.

    By Blogger Grant Miller, at 12:30 PM  

  • Can't be done. The ocean is on the wrong side.

    By Blogger roxtar, at 2:53 PM  

  • I'm movin' to NJ, from whence I came, so I can have neighbors who would rather decorate my house than beat other up. :-) Hooray for the sane ones!

    By Blogger La bella italiana, at 5:54 PM  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:03 PM  

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