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Rights are guaranteed, not restricted

Posted: August 3, 2012 - 10:17pm

If my faith were to prohibit eating meat on Friday, would it be right to make it illegal for everyone. If my religion was against wearing the color red, would it be ok to pass a Constitutional Amendment that outlaws wearing red. If my wife becomes ill, should you pass a law that keeps me from being present at this very personal time of passage. Is it ok to restrict my choice to live where I want by passing a law that says only “the right people” will be allowed to live here. Should we amend the constitution, either in the state or in this nation to restrict anyone’s rights, for any personal choices even if these choices don’t impinge on the rights of others to make their own choices. This is exactly what the proposed marriage amendment is doing to our friends, children, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles or maybe even a parent who has decided to live their life with someone of the same gender. It is not far-fetched to think that these restrictions could be justified by some and imposed on others who may feel differently about them.

Our constitution has a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Restrictions. We profess all are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and just because your choice of happiness may differ from mine, I do not have the right to inflict on you my choice of what is happiness or how you pursue it as long as you are not taking away my rights. We should not be legislating by Amendments, but use the system our constitution set where elected representatives and the Governor enact legislation. Vote No to both amendments in November. It is a right and just thing to do.

Jim Grimes

Crosby