Here’s my rant for the week…I was born and raised a Catholic, and I have my own thoughts on marriage and homosexuality, abortion and other societal topics that may or may not necessarily fall in line with my Church.
This week Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R – Minn) made the following comment regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):
“This decision is one that is profound because the Supreme Court not only attacked our Constitution today, they not only attacked the equal protection rights of every citizen under our Constitution, they attacked something that they have no jurisdiction over whatsoever, the foundational unit of our society, which is marriage,” Bachmann said. She continued, “That is something that God created. That is something that God will define. The Supreme Court, though they may think so, have not risen to the level of God.”
Now, I’m not constitutional law expert or anything, but I could’ve sworn that our government functions on a little thing called separation of Church and State, right? While I commend Rep. Bachmann for her conviction to remain faithful to her Christian beliefs, I have always opposed politicians trying to impose their belief systems on their constituents.
Our LGBT community is not trying to redefine marriage (as far as I know marriage is still a life long commitment to your significant other), they just want to partake in the same legal benefits that are afforded to heterosexual couples. As we continue to evolve as a society we have the inherent responsibility to ensure that all members of our society are treated equally. In the end, that is all it boils down to. Are we going to shun members of our society because they don’t fall in line with beliefs? Where is that love for others that our Christianity teaches us? I’m not saying that you have to love homosexuality, but we should stand together for equal rights for everyone…regardless of their sexual orientation.
To keep in line with the blogs HR theme, below you will find a link to some of the benefit changes that employers will face now that Section 3 of DOMA has been found unconstitutional courtesy of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM):