Regarding the Jan. 17 news article “ Supreme Court takes on gay marriage”: I’m not sure why the Supreme Court has the need (or right) to rule on gay marriage.
Marriage has been a religious rite since long before the United States was even thought of. Why is the government inserting itself into this very private institution? Have we forgotten the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Marriage is obviously a “free exercise of religion,” thus prohibiting any marriage of anyone violates this amendment.
There are also claims that the issue involves the “equal protection clause.” If that is the case, the court ought to be ruling on all marriage, regardless of the sexes.
Our Founding Fathers wanted all people to be treated equally, regardless of race, sex, religion, marital status or to whom they’re married.
We need to remember that the Constitution’s purpose is to define the relationship between the government and the people. It is not to define or control relationships or interactions between private persons.
I hope the Supreme Court isn’t about to dictate how private citizens are to treat each other, based upon their marital status (or anything else).
Fred Atkins, Cary