Gay marriage issue about preventing rights

Many people think that the Supreme Court was talking about same sex marriage this past week. But that is not true.

The real issue is about taking a group of people and turning them into a second class status of citizenship.

Each state has the right to put an up or down vote before their residents on any issue. Michigan voted down the same sex marriage idea within our state in 2008.

Prop 8 addressed this idea also but went too far when they added an addendum. The goal to define marriage as between a man and a woman had the side effect of reducing a group of people to second class citizenship.

The two cases before the Supreme Court last week was more about the questions of the Constitutionality of a state or the nation creating second class citizenship of a small group of people.

Over the past 45 years, we as a nation have addressed this same subject regarding color of skin, gender, religion and now same sex ideas of equal rights.

It doesn’t matter if we personally like or dislike, agree or disagree with this group of people. The real issue is the Constitutional rights of citizens within this great democracy of freedom and justice for all.

Carolyn Sauve