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MARRIAGE: Referendum 74 is unconstitutional

Letter by Logan C. James, Tacoma on May 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm | 71 Comments »
May 17, 2012 12:15 pm

Now it has become clear to me that there are individuals in our lovely state that believe marriage is not a civil right. So to anyone thinking this it is time to realize that denying same-sex marriage couples the right to define their relationship as a marriage is unconstitutional. Here are a few examples of precedence set in place by the Supreme Court.

“We are dealing here with legislation which involves one of the basic civil rights of man, marriage and procreation”
Justice William Douglas (Skinner v. Oklahoma)

“Marriage, as creating the most important relation in life,” “It is also to be observed that while marriage is often termed by text writers and in decisions of courts as a civil contract, generally to indicate that it must be founded upon the agreement of the parties, and does not require any religious ceremony for its solemnization, it is something more than a mere contract.” “It is an institution in the maintenance of which in its purity the public is deeply interested, for it is the foundation of the family and of society, without which there would be neither civilization nor progress.”
Justice Stephen Fields (Maynard v. Hill)

“The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man….”
Chief Justice Earl Warren (Loving v. Virginia)

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