One’s Opinion: Show Me Where the Constitution Says Gay Marriage is a Right

The Constitution does not condone or forbid homosexuality

 A recent survey conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post reveals the woeful ignorance of Americans when it comes to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The poll also shows many Americans believe the government has the right to use violence to force business owners to service gays, even if a business owner opposes providing service on religious grounds or, for that matter, any other grounds.

“Most oppose a right to refuse service to gays, including on religious grounds. And, by a closer margin, more also accept than reject gay marriage as a constitutional right,” ABC News reports.

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“81 percent say businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians; 65 percent say so even if the business says homosexuality violates its owners’ religious beliefs. That refers to controversial legislation approved by the Arizona legislature but vetoed by its governor last week.”

The Constitution does not condone or forbid homosexuality. In fact, it does not discuss issues concerned with morality. Therefore all court rulings on gay rights, gay marriage or any other matter concerning sexuality are unconstitutional and illegal.

“The Bill of Rights was written to address political freedom for the people and to set limits of power for a federal government,” writes C. Howard Diaz. “I cannot stress enough that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are political documents, not a moral ones.”

Proponents of gay rights cite the 14th Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause. Section 5 of the amendment gives Congress “the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article,” including, the courts have determined, marriage rights (specifically in Loving v. Virginia).

Some argue, however, that the 14th Amendment betrays the rest of the Constitution, specifically the 10th Amendment, because it forces the states to follow rules mandated by the federal government. Many see the amendment as a shameless power grab by Republicans following passage of the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery in the 1860s.

Beginning with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the federal government systematically attacked property rights in America. The law “gave the federal government unprecedented power over the hiring, employee relations, and customer service practices of every business in the country,” Ron Paul said when he voted against a bill (H.Res. 676) hailing the 40th anniversary of the landmark legislation.

“The federal government has no legitimate authority to infringe on the rights of private property owners to use their property as they please and to form (or not form) contracts with terms mutually agreeable to all parties. The rights of all private property owners, even those whose actions decent people find abhorrent, must be respected if we are to maintain a free society,” Paul said from the floor of the House.

The above cited poll reveals a disturbing trend — millions of Americans believe government has the right at gunpoint to tell other Americans how to live their lives and what they can or cannot do with their private property.