I will be out Saturday, July 19 through Saturday, July 26 in Colorado with my troop where we will be backpacking, climbing, whitewater rafting, touring the United States Air Force Academy and more! Only pictures will be posted over the next week as result; in addition, you can expect similar pictures each weekend from now on. A special thank you goes out to all my followers.

[BREAKING] My Response: Appeals Court Strikes Down Oklahoma Gay Marriage Ban

Read the full article if you will here.

I am split down the middle when it comes to the social issue of same-sex marriage. I feel it easier to advocate for same-sex marriage than it is against.

Conservatives (or course, this includes the Christian and Catholic Churches at large) argue that the Bible alone gives us the traditional and moral definition of marriage, to which I would not contend. However, we as a nation are quick to follow in toe our nation’s leaders as they push further and further from God’s truth. Should the Bible alone be enough to give us the true definition of marriage? Yes, but in the Growing Age we live in today that strains only farther and farther from the Bible, it is simply not enough.

Liberals argue that any state or federal “ban” of same-sex marriage is discrimination, again, to which I would not contend. Employment Discrimination laws seek to prevent discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical disability, and age by employers. Who then is to say that refusing an individual on the basis of their “sexual-orientation” is not discrimination, whether it is their employment or business; it is, even in the smallest sense. I would not go so far as to say that Oklahoma’s ban against same-sex marriage is a “social injustice” as Liberals so claim, but it no doubt is a growing problem that we as a People must soon address.

I would normally say address an issue so controversial at the state level - that our federal government should not be involved. However, Article IV, Section 1 of the United States Constitution, or the Full Faith and Credit Clause, addresses the duties that states within the United States have to respect the “public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state.” How then would one state recognize the validity of a same-sex couple if they themselves ban such conduct? No, the federal government in the end will have to make the final verdict.

In conclusion, the ban of same-sex marriage is not “unconstitutional” despite the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling just today. The Constitution, in no way, addresses discrimination - wrong though this may be. The Founders themselves did little to abolish the social injustice we today recognize as slavery.

oklahoma ban same sex marriage gay marriage