New Castle News

March 30, 2013

Constitution must rule regarding gay marriage

New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on two marriage equality cases: one regarding California’s Proposition 8 and the other regarding the Defense of Marriage Act.

On Tuesday, the Westboro Baptist Church protested in Washington, D.C. This is the group that carries signs reading “Thank God for dead soldiers” at military funerals. They believe God hates America and that we are doomed because of our increasing support of homosexuality.

Along with Westboro, the National Organization for Marriage protested in Washington. This group has lobbied against marriage equality for years, tapping into the fear that something terrible will happen if we “redefine marriage.”

There are those locally who share the views of Westboro and National Organization for Marriage. They talk about God’s will as though we live in a theocracy and the Bible, not the Constitution, rules this country. They should consider carefully the company they find themselves in.

We are governed by the Constitution, and that is what will be considered when the Supreme Court considers these cases.

Is it constitutional to give a right, then take it back? Is it constitutional to deny two consenting adults the right to marry because others deem their marriage “unnatural?”

Is it constitutional to create a second class with civil unions and domestic partnerships? Separate but equal again?

Is it constitutional that a woman was forced to pay more than $300,000 in estate taxes after her wife died and left everything to her, when, if she had been married to a man, she would have been exempt?

I challenge anyone rebutting this letter to do so without referring to Scripture or what “God wants,” because those arguments cannot be considered by the Supreme Court.

Bonnie Humphrey

Delaware Avenue

New Castle