My wife is brilliant. No, I am not in the doghouse (at least not that I know of), but she just sometimes says something that is so profound I am amazed to have been married to her for over 35 years now.
We were watching yet another story on the news the other night about a same sex couple filing a lawsuit in Ohio to have their marriage recognized and to be declared legal in a state that bans gay marriage. We have cases pending for this same issue here in Tennessee, including a Memphis couple.
The same sex marriage proponents all cite the 14th amendment as the basis for their lawsuits. They claim (and rightfully so) that if their marriages are legal in another state, they should be considered legal in whatever state they happen to be in. This is what the 14th Amendment is supposed to guarantee all Americans; the right for the law to apply equally to everyone that is lawfully within the borders of the United States and its territories. If you are a straight couple and are married, if you move from Tennessee to North Dakota, does not the law consider you legally married there?
In a statement so insightful my jaw dropped, my wife said “if they get this done, does this mean that gun permits will be recognized in every state?” She is absolutely correct. If the 14th Amendment is the basis for recognizing same sex marriage nation wide, should that not apply to our concealed carry permits as well as our marriage and drivers licenses?
After all, what gives states like New York or California the right to deny anyone the ability to defend themselves with a legally owned and permitted firearm, regardless of where the firearm is permitted? I personally believe that our rights are already being violated by virtue of requiring anyone to get a permit to exercise what is a right enumerated in the Constitution. Why do politicians believe they can pick and chose which rights fall under the auspices of the 14th Amendment?
People should have the right to marry whom they chose. I also believe that according to the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, law abiding citizens have the right to bear arms in defense of themselves, their families and their property.
I would like to think that same sex couples are behind this as well. Perhaps the next time a gang of homophobes attack them for being together or for simply being gay, they would have the means to fight back.