Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage

Copyright 2004 Bob Persons
March 7, 2004

About all I hear in opposition to the proposed Marriage Amendment are statements about the "sanctity of marriage" and "family values", without defining what these mean.

Human history is loaded with many variations on the marriage institution. Even the Bible includes several variations. Which one is the "sacred" one? Which one upholds "family values?" Nail it down. How would gay marriage undermine the institution?

If "sanctity of marriage," "family values," etc., are important, then define them in a consistent manner so everyone knows what is being talked about. Or use better terminology to phrase the issues. Otherwise, we just have another war between religion and secularism.

If the state Constitution is to be amended, let it be for important purposes, and let the reasons for amending be spelled out in full, so citizens can make an informed decision on something that will affect Wisconsinites for the rest of the state's existence.

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