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    Posted May 10, 2012 by
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    Same-sex marriage: Civil right vs. states' rights

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    Looking beyond Gay Rights: American Rights

    One VERY important thing to keep in mind is, although the support is exceptional and we FINALLY have a president that isn't afraid to take a firm stance, this issue isn't wholly about same-sex marriage. It goes much deeper than that: this is about upholding the US Constitution.

    One one hand we have Obama who has stated that despite his personal belief that same-sex couples should marry, he respects the Federal Constitution's guarantee that each state has the right to vote to legalize or ban such marriages.

    On the other hand we have Romney who has stated he supports and defends DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), an amendment to the US Constitution which strips that right away from the states in order to serve his personal beliefs, undermining the Federal Constitution.

    I know some of you will ask “Where does Romney say this?” So here you are:

    [This is a president also who is attempting to pave the way for same-sex marriage in our nation by refusing through his attorney general to defend the Defence of Marriage Act,” Romney said. “I will defend that Act and I will also defend marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.” ]

    ["After initially claiming that the issue of marriage should be left to the states, Romney now supports a federal constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage and would adopt a three-tier marriage system for gay couples."]

    Outlawing same-sex marriage across the country – REVOKING each state’s constitutional right to vote.

    There was even a video on YouTube where Romney states this, but has been removed due to “multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement from claimants including: Caffeinated Communications Network, FOX Network. I didn’t realize that public campaign events were ‘copyrighted’ to the point what this candidate running for president of the United States has to say needs to be kept from the American voters.

    The Republicans continuously challenge that they wish to protect the Constitution but their actions tell a completely different story; they repeatedly attempt to change the constitution to serve their personal views. When will it end? When all Americans have Justice and Liberty for all, or just enough justice and liberty we are allowed?
    For a moment put your hatred or love for either of these men aside and look at the larger picture. This debate on the topic of gay marriage is merely a surface issue. Look beyond that, and see there is a far more serious issue at hand being (un)cleverly hidden from the American people.

    This issue isn't just about millions of gay, lesbian, transsexual and transgender Americans, but ALL Americans.
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