Ideas and words

Below this paragraph are 389 words.  389 words that take the right of a large portion of this population away.  If you are reading this then I’m guessing I’m just preaching to the choir.  Chances are you are like me and believe that everyone should have the right to marry the person they love and that they should be afforded all the rights and responsibilities that come with it; including benefits and taxes.  So instead of rehashing an argument that has been rehashed to the point that it could be eaten with eggs, I’m just thinking about the power of the written word and the responsibility that comes with it.  When it comes to our government decreed rights most of us don’t do that ourselves.  Most of us elect a person to think for us.  Someone we believe shares similar ideals.  We allow them our vote.  We say “Please, do the right thing, and do it for me.”  And then they do.  Or they try. Or they don’t. They have their ideas, they write them down, and leave them for others to interpret.  Though we give that power over to others I think we must never get too comfortable with that idea.  We must always know what’s happening in the world and keep on top of what ideas are being presented as our own.  It is our duty to know so that we can answer with a rousing yes or no.  As citizens of this country we have that power.  That makes me tear up a little.  Makes me remember why this is a great place to live.  I’ve heard some people say we should let government do it’s job, that that is what makes this country a great place, that we have that government.  Personally I think a person yelling no, this is wrong, as loud as they can to the people making our laws is what makes this country great.    

Edie Windsor, 83, brought suit against the federal government after the Internal Revenue Service cited DOMA in denying her a refund for the $363,000 in federal estate taxes she paid following the 2009 death of Thea Spyer, her partner for over 40 years. Windsor and Spyer had married in Canada in 2007, but resided in New York. Because Windsor would have been eligible for an estate tax exemption had Spyer been a man, she argues that DOMA’s Section 3 violates her equal protection rights under the Fifth Amendment.  -From the Huffington Post 3/27/13

40 years of love…   

 

An Act

 To define and protect the institution of marriage. <<NOTE:  Sept. 21,

                         1996 –  [H.R. 3396]>>

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the

United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Defense of

Marriage Act.>>

SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 1 USC 1 note.>> SHORT TITLE.

 This Act may be cited as the “Defense of Marriage Act”.

 

SEC. 2. POWERS RESERVED TO THE STATES.

 

    (a) In General.–Chapter 115 of title 28, United States Code, is

amended by adding after section 1738B the following:

 

“Sec. 1738C. Certain acts, records, and proceedings and the effect

                        thereof

“No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian

tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or

judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe

respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is

treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory,

possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such

relationship.”.

    (b) Clerical Amendment.–The table of sections at the beginning of

chapter 115 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by inserting

after the item relating to section 1738B the following new item:

“1738C. Certain acts, records, and proceedings and the effect

           thereof.”.

SEC. 3. DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE.

    (a) In General.–Chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, is

amended by adding at the end the following:

“Sec. 7. Definition of `marriage’ and `spouse’

    “In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any

ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative

bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word `marriage’ means

only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife,

and the word `spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is

a husband or a wife.”.

[[Page 110 STAT. 2420]]

 (b) Clerical Amendment.–The table of sections at the beginning of

chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by inserting after

the item relating to section 6 the following new item:

“7. Definition of `marriage’ and `spouse’.”.

    Approved September 21, 1996.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY–H.R. 3396:

—————————————————————————

HOUSE REPORTS: No. 104-664 (Comm. on the Judiciary).

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 142 (1996):

            July 11, 12, considered and passed House.

            Sept. 10, considered and passed Senate.

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