Recently, in arguments heard at the US Supreme Court, many opinions were expressed over the terms of marriage, equality, and right. Little was heard about the term responsible behavior. Sadly, marriage, equality, and ‘rights’ are all about responsible behavior. Justice Alito asked simply ‘when was marriage first legislated, 1868, 1791? When?.’ It wasn’t. The idea predates any United States. Justice Kennedy, who is often called the ‘swing judge’ usually because his convictions keep swinging in the breezes of prevailing politics instead of the Constitution, said it best. ‘This was never a federal question. This is an area of State responsibility.’ So true, but it was the federal courts agreeing to hear a case involving a clearly defined state issue in the first place that made it a federal question. Irresponsible federal intervention caused this problem.
Marriage was NEVER about religion. Marriage was ALWAYS about civil responsible behavior in a community. It was how communities insured moral, ethical, and even yes responsible behavior of its members. Marriage was about support, parenting, and good order and discipline in a society. It was about who paid the bills for the civil partnership and its results. It was about rules of behavior that were for the good of the community, society. Incest, inbreeding, and what are now called social diseases were not, shall any one dare to say, prevalent around the time that the term marriage was first used. Males and females partnered to breed. They had children the, even then, old fashioned way, one man impregnating one female in a natural way. There were no test tubes, turkey basters, surrogates, or donors. There were also clearly known responsible partners, and supporters. Communities knew who to hold accountable for the offspring.
There were no issues about equality. Men were men, women were women and societies clearly understood the rules that they set for themselves. Communities knew that Fathers should not breed daughters and that mothers should not breed with their sons. They also knew that homosexuality could not lead to any children. Communities also knew that homosexuality lead to many disease related deaths not seen in male and female relationships. There were reasons that societies formed these taboos against certain behaviors. They were inherently irresponsible behaviors that were not good for the community. Religions adopted these practices and taboos from civil society rather than religions foisting these taboos onto society.
The responsible action is for the court to dismiss this court challenge. It should further vacate any and all federal court rulings concerning marriage, and dismiss any current federal challenges of the question of marriage in any federal court. This is a state question. It is also a question for states to determine what is moral and ethical within state boundaries. Irresponsible sex and breeding is still not in the best interests of any society. Inbreeding is a health issue, as is homosexual sex (just check with the National Institutes for Health and the Centers for Disease Control if you question that). Child support, role modeling and responsible parenting are still sorely needed in this country. So is responsible parenting and social behavior.