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It's a shield Not a sword
February 17, 2009 - Jody Murphy
I like Donna Boley. Always have.
She's sharp, articulate and available. If I ask her a question to which she doesn't have an answer, which rarely happens, she won't just give me some flat-rate answer. She'll try and gain more information and get back to me with a well-reasoned response.
She's an outstanding lawmaker.
But I have to disagree with her on the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
My disagreement has nothing to do with her stance -- or mine -- on gay marriage. It stems from the fact the Constitution - U.S., state or other - should not be used as a sword to cut the rights of individuals but as a shield to protect them.
Amendments banning things (see attempt to ban alcohol) are bad ideas from the word "go."
I hope the Legislature sees the wisdom in acting with discretion in this matter and allows the current law to stand rather than enacting a constitutional amendment attempting to ban gay marriage.
The Constitution is a shield. Not a sword.
*I'm taking time out from my bashing of the teachers union and their constant whining for a pay raise. Everytime somebody in Charleston breaks wind, the AFT, NEA or some other teachers union will announce the need for a pay raise.
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