Bob Hartsell’s letter “Presidential position” in the June 14 issue of ABN seems plausible at first reading, but upon reflection reveals a flawed understanding of our U.S. Constitution. He attempted to convince us that President Obama’s approval of same-sex marriage was only support of “… the right of same-sex couples to marry and be treated as equal citizens under the law.” The presidential oath, he says, was to “… defend the Constitution of the United States” and not the Bible. Mr. Hartsell further indicated that the president was not endorsing same-sex marriage as a way of life. I wonder what Hartsell thinks the present administration’s endorsement of June as “gay pride” month signifies if not an endorsement of same-sex marriage as a way of life.
There is no mention of marriage in the constitution, and especially is there no right given by the federal government to regulate marriage. All powers not specifically given to the three branches of federal government are reserved for the states. Therefore, the states have the right to have state constitutions define marriage. Thankfully, we have done that here in Arkansas. By an overwhelming majority, our state has come down on the side of God’s definition of marriage (which is the only legitimate one).
The same reasoning used by Mr. Hartsell would nullify any ban on polygamy, which is also on the liberal agenda. Muslims will be clamoring for this new definition of marriage just as homosexuals have done. According to Mr. Hartsell’s reasoning, they have a rightful constitutional claim for “liberty and justice” for their view of marriage.
I believe the Founding Fathers could not imagine this country allowing and promoting the abominations now done by our federal government. God help us!