ASU’s State Press is still churning out leftist newspaper columnists faster than President Michael Crow can say “new American university.” One of the recent vintage, Andrew Hedlund, complains that religious beliefs are the main reason behind the denial of “equality of rights to homosexuals.
Further, he asks: Must we continue to deny rights to minority groups? Will social policy continue to be the tyranny of the majority?“
And says …
“The Declaration of Independence states‘s ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.‘
“If all men are created equal, then homosexuals should not be denied the right of marriage. If our Creator endows men with these rights, religious beliefs should not be a reason to oppose same sex marriage.“For someone acknowledging a creator, which isn’t commonly done on America’s cookie-cutter leftist campuses, Hedlund sure has a grudge against religion.
Now let’s get real. Jefferson and the men who wrote the Declaration of Indpendence knew that throughout modern history marriage constituted a man and a woman. Their words cannot be twisted and contorted to shoe-horn same-sex “marriage“ into unalienable Rights, no matter how leftists spin it.
The talking parrots in favor of same-sex “marriage“ keep saying that religion is the major force blocking approval of counterfeit marriage. If students like Hedlund would dig deeper into the subject, they would find court precedents – unguided by church congregations – demonstrating the compelling interests of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the high court of Maryland, among others, have both stated that homosexuals do not constitute a suspected classification. Nor are they powerless or politically disenfranchised.
The Maryland Court of Appeals also said: “The right to same-sex marriage is not so deeply rooted in the history and tradition of this state or the nation as a whole such that it should be deemed fundamental.”
Homosexual activists vastly out-spend state marriage amendment committees – it was 30 to 1 in Missouri – but haven’t yet convinced a majority of Americans to throw in the towel on the future of marriage or the well-being of children.
Communities and states have a vested interest in marriage because married people stabilize society. Taken as a whole, homosexuals and cohabiting people have deplorable records of domestic violence and instability, running up high social costs. That’s why cities like Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson and others are foolish to reward domestic partners with taxpayer benefits.