Upholding the Constitution

From The Baltimore Sun:

The marriage debate dominated the opening weeks of the legislature after a Baltimore judge sided with 19 gay men and women, ruling that Maryland’s 33-year-old law defining marriage between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. The discussion shows few signs of dying down.

Sen. Nancy Jacobs, a Republican who represents Harford and Cecil counties, engaged in an impassioned debate with Jamie Raskin, a constitutional law professor from American University, over the influence of the Bible on modern law.

“As I read Biblical principles, marriage was intended, ordained and started by God – that is my belief,” she said. “For me, this is an issue solely based on religious principals.”

Raskin shot back that the Bible was also used to uphold now-outlawed statutes banning interracial marriage, and that the constitution should instead be lawmakers’ guiding principle.

“People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution; they don’t put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible,” he said.

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About James G. Milles

Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Posted on March 14, 2006, in Law, Religion, Rights. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I love that quote in bold. I am continually disappointed that more people don’t feel that way, so I always appreciate reminders that there are other people who care deeply about these things.

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