Marriage Amendment Does Not Have Merit

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Editor:

The U.S. Senate is currently considering a Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This approach is devoid of merit.

The U.S. Constitution is not deficient. It is simply ignored. It wisely gives absolutely no authority to the U.S. Congress, nor to the federal courts that work for them, to regulate marriage. Since this lack of authority is ignored, federal courts could simply ignore the amendment also. The worst problem with this inappropriate approach to marriage definition is that this amendment would provide the federal government authority over marriage that they do not now possess.

The correct approach is to support efforts to amend state constitutions to provide the desired marriage definitions. This approach provides the solution at the level where the people have the most control, and where the U.S. Constitution directs that it be applied.

Concurrently, members of Congress should be encouraged to exercise their legitimate constitutional authority over the federal courts they have created, and for which they are responsible and accountable.

Article III, Section 1 states, "The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior."

Judges who usurp the legislative authority of Congress and defy the limits imposed on them by the Constitution obviously fail the "good behavior" test and should be promptly removed from office. They should have their unconstitutional rulings declared null and void by acts of the Congress.

Terry L. Putnam, Young

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