Letter of the Week, June 8-14

Again, Florida wants to override U.S. Constitution

June 15, 2014 

Originally published on June 12

Eight same-sex couples and the ACLU filed suit in federal court to make Florida recognize same-sex marriages performed in the states where such marriages are legal.

Attorney General Pam Bondi says that to compel Florida to recognize such marriages would disrupt existing marriage laws and "impose significant harm." The love and companionship of any loving couple should trump any state's "inconvenience."

Ms. Bondi conveniently ignores Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution, the Full Faith and Credit clause, which states that each state must recognize the public acts, credits, and judicial proceedings of every other state.

In addition, Section 2 states that the citizens of each state shall be accorded the privileges and immunities of citizens in all the other states.

Politicians in Tallahassee wave the Constitution in everyone's faces when it serves their purposes but conveniently ignore it when doesn't.

Ms. Bondi has a duty to make sure all laws are applied without prejudice. The Constitution states that Florida must recognize the acts of any state in which same-sex marriages are legal. No state may pick and choose which laws it wishes to honor.

It must accept and honor all. Florida agreed to do so when it petitioned for statehood and again when it rejoined the Union after the Civil War. The Constitution is the compact that binds us all together. Let's honor that compact rather than trying to pick it apart.

Dave Hilsheimer

Bradenton

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