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Re: “Justice Clarence Thomas invokes slavery in dissent on gay marriage

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in decent to the Courts majority opinion affirming the right of same sex couples to marry:

"The corollary of that principle is that human dignity cannot be taken away by the government. Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them. And those denied governmental benefits certainly do not lose their dignity because the government denies them those benefits. The government cannot bestow dignity, and it cannot take it away."

First and last glance at the above prompts the question: what the hell does that mean? Abe Lincoln (known as the great emancipator of slaves) defined and defended governance in our land as that of the people, by the people and for the people. Thus we the electorate of public servants are the sovereign power over the affairs of our nation with the purpose of equally assuring to all “certain inalienable rights” and this with guiding restriction on government power a “Bill of Rights” directed in protecting each and every individual from violation by governing majority rule.

If in the above quote this is what Thomas was attempting to say, he only partially did so in half-loaf noting that certain rights could not be taken away but his failing to indicate that they had not been given by government in the first place. They come of and with human creation and were not rationed out by government. Thus pursuit of happiness via marriage is not a gift of government but is an inalienable right that government it to respectfully accommodate---as the court has directed that state governments must do in issue of marriage licenses to consenting adult independent of gender.

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Posted by Sam Osborne on 06/30/2015 at 12:16 PM

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