Okay, read this:
Amendment XIV *
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
In case you didn't recognize the above, it's the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Mary Scott O'Conner is subbing for the Rude Pundit today and she has the most rational "rant" over the so-called "Protection of Marriage" amendments I have ever seen. She makes some excellent points that I haven't considered in this debate and she' s well worth the read.
For instance, I have never "FRAMED" the question quite the way she does when she asks (paraphrasing), how is it that we can use who a person "sleeps with" as a basis for granting them civil rights? There's that pesky 14th amendment again. Here's a link to the article.
As an aside, I wonder, I just wonder what would happen if I went door to door with a petition that requested putting the language of the 14th Amendment on the ballot as a referendum question.....
What do you think would happen?