Protect same-sex marriage as part of privacy

Maggie Eubanks

People in the U.S. like to boast about the Second Amendment, but my personal favorite amendments are the Third, Fourth and Fourteenth. They not only ensure the government stays out of our business but also enforce the government not to make laws that go against our rights and privileges as American citizens. 

So I am at a loss as to why same-sex marriage is not more protected in this country. Congress is planning to codify same-sex marriage, which means they will write into law that anyone can marry anyone.

They are forced to do this because the justices that currently sit on the Supreme Court have placed high-level threats on the rights of LGBTQ people to marry who they want. Specifically Justice Clarence Thomas stated, “In future cases, we should reconsider all of this court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell.”

According to The Guardian, Griswold gave the right to use contraception, Lawrence decriminalized sodomy and Obergefell legalized same-sex marriage. All of these decisions rested their case on the Third, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments or—more simply—the right to privacy. 

Some people, like Justice Thomas, pretend the right to privacy does not exist, but I think as an American citizen I have the right to choose if I want to use contraception, who I want to have sex with and who I want to marry.

And if you think the founders would disagree, respectfully build a time machine and ask them if they would like to be denied marriage or have the police bust down their door for having sex. 

The founders of this country may not have written in black and white letters that Americans have the right to privacy, but the right to not quarter soldiers or be subject to unreasonable searches and seizures is enough for me.

Congress is doing a duty to all Americans by choosing to go forward and write into law that same-sex marriage is legal. This move makes it incredibly difficult for the Supreme Court to do anything that would hinder the rights of individuals to marry. 

It is past due that personal rights not be infringed upon, and 

he Supreme Court must change with the times. Just like everyone has the right to buy a gun and practice religion, everyone has the right to marry who they choose. 

So please, let Congress do their job, and let’s move on with our lives while we all mind our own