Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bill Schuette’s History Lesson

Attorney General Bill Schuette notes that it’s his job to uphold Michigan’s Constitution (Free Press editorial, 3/27/14), I agree that he is only doing his job. But as Mike Thompson’s editorial cartoon illustrates Mr. Schuette is tilting at windmills. 

His “rational basis” for the 2004 voter support of a ban on gay marriage is the notion of how marriage was traditionally understood “by virtually all civilizations throughout the centuries.” Those civilizations also understood slavery to be normal, child labor to be cost effective, and until 1920 in the United States, suppressing women’s ability vote to be morally acceptable.

My wife and I have been married 18 years and we never questioned our civil and legal rights in making this commitment. For gay couples, Michigan’s amended Constitution denies these same civil and legal rights based entirely upon their sexual orientation.

It’s Bill Shuette’s job to presses his case all the way to the US Supreme Court. I suspect that only there will his last editorial comment be amended to read: “…it is fundamentally wrong to treat people differently based on the color of skin, gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.”  

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