Friday, May 13, 2005

Nebraska law bad? Minnesota's could be worse!

If a judge found problems with Nebraska's same sex marriage constitutional amendment because it was "too over reaching", then Sen. Michele Bachmann's proposed constitutional amendment for Minnesota doesn't stand a chance of passing judicial review.

Here is the text of Nebraska's Constitutional Amendment
"Only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska. The uniting of two persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Nebraska."

It's reasonably clear that it's talking about same sex relationships, but the judge says it is too over reaching because, among other things, it would include adoptions.

Bachmann's amendment is even more over reaching:
Sec. 13. Only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota. Any other relationship shall not be recognized as a marriage or its legal equivalent.
It's encouraging to see that eventually such a law would be struck down. However, we should all be smart enough not to write such discrimination into our constitution in the first place.


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