No Stupid New Amendment, Liberty Rejoices

Good news today, the (un)Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was defeated in Senate, 48-50. It was 12 votes short of the 60 needed to keep measure alive. This is one issue that’s been pushed out of the fire of the elections for the time being, but you can expect it to come back as nutty fundamentalists try to excercise their power in personal lives. We shouldn’t even be having this debate on who should get married because the government should not be involved. After all, marriage licenses in America were first begun as a way to prevent inter-racial marriages. Get the government out of the marriage business, it has no right there.

UPDATE: Some corroboration from Badnarik in an interview he has with SF Gate in the article Michael Badnarik, Libertarian, has his eye on the White House:

“Did Thomas Jefferson have a marriage license?” he asked rhetorically. “Did George Washington have a marriage license? No. They simply made an announcement to the community. They didn’t ask for permission. Any time the government gives you permission, they let you know you have permission because they give you a license or a permit. If you have a marriage license, what do you have permission to do now that you did not have permission to do before? Who gave you that permission? And where did that entity get the power to give you permission in the first place?”

Senate Scuttles Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage [Washington Post]
Michael Badnarik, Libertarian, has his eye on the White House [SF Gate]

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