Laws prohibiting prostitution are often held up as laws about “victimless crimes”. In a similar fashion, the Supreme Court this week will take up two cases which are also about “victimless crimes”.
Sweeping aside for a moment the whole notion of why Federal, State, or Local governments are in the business of marriage, the Supreme Court deliberations on California’s Proposition 8 and Congress’ Defense of Marriage Act deal indirectly with a concept where there is no victim.
While it is clearly true that certain religious organizations and many Americans strongly believe that marriage should be about one man and one woman, same sex marriage in no way impacts the quality of any heterosexual marriage nor does it eliminate any right or benefit authorized by government.
Those who seek to maintain laws that are exclusionary are special. They seem to lack the capacity, I think, to look into a mirror and see themselves. Instead what they see is everyone else as less perfect and out of step. Those highly hooked in their religious dogma, go further. They see others as doomed for eternity.
My question is, so what.
Just suppose same sex couples are doomed (this of course presupposes there is some spirit to “doom” and someplace for the doomed to go), in any case, how does their marriage effect anyone else here and now?