Friday, October 13, 2006

Romney is NOT a "Conservative" and Mass. Same-Sex Marriages are Illegal?

Now and again we read that Mitt Romney is attempting to persuade Republicans that he should be their Presidential nominee in '08.

Good luck, Mitt. Likely you'll encounter resistance from actual Conservatives, who vote in the primaries, and here's why:

The basic argument is that the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court, contrary to popular belief, did not strike down Massachusett’s marriage laws that only permit one man and one woman to marry. Instead it changed the common law meaning of marriage to include same-sex marriage. This does not change the law nor does it change the state Constitution. Only a constitutional amendment can change the Constitutional meaning of the word “marriage.” The SJC as much as admitted this when it acknowledged that it could not change the law itself, but instead ordered the Legislature to act within 180 days “as it may deem appropriate.” That means that Legislature could have chosen not to change the law. Instead, the Legislature did nothing: it didn’t change the marriage statute, didn’t repeal it, and it didn’t amend the state Constitution. Thus, the law remains on the books.

At this point, on May 17, 2004, the same-sex marriage push should have died. Instead Romney ordered the Department of Public Health to print new marriage licenses removing the words “husband” and “wife” and “man” and “woman.” He then ordered all city and town clerks to begin issuing the licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Yet no new law had been passed. Same-sex marriage is still not legal and those marriage licenses handed out to same-sex couples aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.

Gee. That 'delete husband/wife' language seems vaguely familiar....

HT: DomBet

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