The simple text of the proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:
The right to marry shall not be abridged or denied by the United States or any state on account of sex or sexual orientation.
We are definitely in favor of lifting restrictions that prevent someone from marrying someone of the same gender. But this amendment would still leave on the books numerous laws that prevent full marriage equality. The people on whose behalf I am blogging would not only still be prevented from having their marriages recognized, but many could be imprisoned for openly living as married. Prejudice against one is prejudice against all.
A better wording for the amendment would be:
The right to marry or to personal consortium shall not be abridged or denied by the United States or any state on account of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, ancestry, consanguinity, affinity, or number of participants.
Haven’t we progressed to this point? Why prevent consenting adults from loving each other?
[This entry bumped up because it is as relevant as ever.]