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September 24, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Sept. 24, 2013

Gay marriage ban is immoral

Morals are standards for behavior in relation to others by which people are judged. The defining principal of moral judgment is to enhance the human condition. Standards of behavior that enhance the human condition are moral. Standards that demean or degrade the human condition are immoral.

Similarly, laws that enhance the human condition are moral laws and laws that demean or degrade the human condition are immoral laws. Dr. Martin Luther King articulated this concept eloquently in his seminal treatise on justice, “Letter from Birmingham Jail”:

“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality.”

House Joint Resolution No. 6 to amend the Indiana constitution is aimed to segregate, degrade and demean a distinct population of humanity. The text of the proposed amendment reads: “Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”

The effect of this proposed law is to deprive gay and lesbian persons the right to marry and form families, a right guaranteed all men and women under Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the United States endorses:

(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

The wording in Article 16 does not state that only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage as the proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution states.

Additionally, Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all people “are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.”  

The proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution violates this guarantee of equal treatment under law. In Dr. King’s words, “An unjust law is a code that a majority inflicts on a minority that is not binding on itself. This is difference made legal.” This is blatant discrimination.

People that lay claim to morality as articulated in religious scripture are confused. Religious beliefs are not the same as standards of moral behavior. Regardless of the origin of a belief, those beliefs that degrade humanity, segregate humanity and demean humanity are immoral.

House Joint Resolution No. 6 is unjust and immoral.

— William J. Wilhelm, Ed.D.

Professor, Management, Information Systems and

Business Education

Donald W. Scott

College of Business

Indiana State University

Terre Haute

Defund EPA, IRS while we’re at it

The EPA has enacted regulations to destroy coal. A made-in-America, cheap and reliable energy resource. Let give a cheer for the USofA and defund the EPA, IRS, as well as Obamacare.

There are a lot of other Washington alphabetic bureaucrats that need drastic cutbacks in their inflated power and funding.

— Sam Wallace

Casey, Ill.

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