I wrote this letter to the President and Vice President today. The President is out searching for "Al Keyda" on his Richardson, TX ranch today, so I included the VP as well.
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Dear President Bush and Vice President Cheney,
I am concerned about the recent to-do about same sex marriages (gay marriage, or whatever else you want to call it). I can't find any reason why the government as an institution should care one bit about marriage, same-sex or conventional. My understanding of marriage is that it is a union between two people (putting aside gender for this moment), in front of God. A covenant, if you will, declaring your commitment to each other for God (Buddha, Shiva, pick your deity of choice). This has nothing to do with the role of government as best as I can figure out. This is not a relationship between you and the government. It is an Ecclesiastical union, managed by a Church. Otherwise, it is a legal union, plain and simple. It is almost the same as Chase Manhattan buy/merging with Bank One, at least legally. The only difference, legally, is the tremendous structure of laws guaranteeing legal benefits to a "marriage". The way to fix this is simple. One law which states that a legal union between two individuals, regardless of gender or persuasion, carries the same legal definition as a marriage. Period, that's it. Nothing else need change.
That said, here is my question: How do you reconcile your position that a marriage is "between a man and a woman" with the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 16, which states in full:
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State."?
The part I'm concerned about is part one. Specifically "Men and women of full age...". It would seem to me that if the U.N. had intended marriage to be between one man and one woman, Article 16 would read "A man and a woman of full age...", but it does not. This implies that either bigamy is acceptable or same sex marriages are acceptable. Or possibly both. Either way, the United States of America voted FOR this declaration. It was even revision 3, so there was time to fix this.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
[name removed to protect the guilty]
Note to staffers:
I'm sure the President and the Vice President are "very concerned" about this issue and will give it "due consideration", so please do not respond with a stock answer unless you have one already prepared which answers this specific question. I have read enough of these types of responses to gag a maggot. If you must respond in this manner, please have the decency to at least tell the truth. Say "This question is WAY beneath the notice of the President or Vice-President. It was handed off to an appropriately conservative 1st year intern who frankly couldn't care less about the nattering of the proletariat and will look for the stock answer to send back."
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If you're interested in reading the UN UDHR, you can see it here -> Universal Declaration of Human Rights