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Marriage: A Relationship Unlike Any Other

Brian953 Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 9:40 AM
Marriage is not a case of protection under the law, so disparate treatment of marriage vs same sex unions cannot be a case of unequal protection under the law. Marriages are licenesed, and sometime licenses are not permitted. That kind of governmental activity cannot be undertaken where the law is concerned (you don't license some to be protected from assault, but not others, for instance). This ruling is activism, not jurisprudence, and has no effect.

NOTE: This is the fifth column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The fourth column is available here.

Many of us will recall the song from Sesame Street that begins, “One of these things is not like the other.” The song conveyed to viewers that not everything, or every relationship, is the same; we have different capabilities and purposes.

The government routinely sings this song as it recognizes and seeks to support certain relationships based on their uniqueness, their distinctive purpose, or their benefit to society.

One such relationship that is unlike...