<b>LETTERS TO THE EDITOR</b>

Same-sex marriage is a given right

To the Editor:

This letter is in response to the "Marvin's Window" article in the Kingman Daily Miner on Feb.

26.

Marvin Robertson is quite welcome to have his moral standards.

I, for one, do not want them.

I have moral standards of my own that suffice me to relate to others decently.

I manage to hold these standards for myself without any desire to impose the specifics thereof upon others.

From Article XIV, section 1 of the Constitution: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

I firmly believe in this principle that every citizen is entitled to equal protection under the law.

Denying those of the same sex from entering into marriage is a denial of liberty during their life.

Upon the death of one partner, probate often denies those surviving of the property that the partners shared in life.

Furthermore, the state wrongfully taxes any inheritance left after probate.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is correct to challenge the California law against gay marriage.

It is no coincidence that his decision that the city would issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples falls on the heels of the Massachusetts court decision declaring that state's law against same- sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

If the California courts follow the legal precedent set in Massachusetts, then all the same-sex marriages performed until California or the United States propose and ratify a constitutional amendment will be valid.

I respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

I am in full agreement with its stated purpose, "to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages does not fulfill the stated purpose of the Constitution.

What of the specter of polygamy? If the participants in a plural marriage enter into such a union knowingly and willingly, how does it undermine justice or endanger domestic tranquility?

The Constitution, in particular the judicial aspect of the system of checks and balances, exists to protect the rights of minorities against the tyranny of majority rule.

I will firmly resist any attempt to alter this document in such a way as to deny any person their basic human rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Christopher Babcock

Co-founder, Hualapi Valley Pagan Family Circle

County Chair, Mohave County Libertarian Party