It cannot be left up to the states.
Many of the Republican presidential politicians say they want each state to vote and decide the issue of legalizing same-sex marriage. But they have never been asked the hard questions. I want them to be asked and I want the hard questions answered!
If a couple (same-sex) marries in a state where it is legally sanctioned and moves, because of their job or other circumstance, to a state where such marriages are not legal, what happens to the couple's marital status once they cross the state line? Are they stripped of the privileges that legal marriage afforded them in their old state, or of receiving the privileges afforded to married couples in their new state?
Doesn't that work an unfair hardship on their rights as citizens? Restricting their mobility and perhaps limiting their facility for economic improvement thereby? Isn't this coercion unjust?
We are one nation and marriage has been determined to be a basic human "civil" right, by law wherever "Old Glory" flies. It is generally accepted that basic civil rights should never be decided by a vote; that's why we had the first 10 amendments to the Constitution and the later amendments. Bias and human passion plays too big a role and the results can be unjust.
Oh, by the way, the traditional marriage defined as "one man/one woman," still exists. Same-sex marriage hasn't altered that definition.
Sandra J. Gander