Let me make it clear that I have no personal objection to homosexual marriage. I am a libertarian, and basically that means that I don’t care what you do as long as it doesn’t affect me, and I have the same right. It also means the less interference from the government into my life, the better. (I know that is a simplified explanation of Libertarian principles, but let’s keep it simple.) The job of the Supreme Court is to interpret what our Founders wrote in our Constitution. And nowhere in the Constitution is marriage defined, perhaps because the Founders didn’t think it necessary. So what the Supreme Court did was to rewrite the definition of marriage, which had traditionally been known as a complicit union between a man and a woman. Now for all practical purposes “anything goes.” But marriage is not a simple matter. In fact, marriage is a very complex union with a binding contract.
Heretofore, homosexual couples could decide that if they didn’t like or love each other anymore, they were not held to any contract, they could just walk away. Now that marriage has been redefined and same sex couples can marry, they are subject to divorce, alimony, custody of any children involved, and other ramifications of breaking that marriage contract. The person in that marriage who owns the most is now required to a 50/50 division of all property.
Perhaps even more important, and only homosexual couples could verify this, is that now that same sex marriage is legal they are no longer “different” and perhaps that aspect meant something psychologically special. Homosexuals are no longer “special,” they are just part of the group.
Many times, in fact, always – rulings of the government, which the Supreme Court is a part of, always have unintended consequences. What those will be are yet to be discovered, but they will occur. The Supreme Court has a lot of work ahead of it because there are going to be many, as yet unknown, reverberations to this redefinition of marriage.
There is an old adage that one should be careful what they wish for. What it means is no one can predict the future. And any change in fundamental laws does have repercussions, and it remains to be seen what comes out of the Pandora’s Box this ruling by the Supreme Court has opened. One thing is certain – there is going be a lot of work for the Supremes over the next few years. They might even have to put in a forty hour week like the rest of us. Nah…that couldn’t happen.