Letter to the Editor


In response to comments made by Ike Holt in the Forum of August 18, I would like to clarify for readers that the proposed law refers specifically to:

SEC. 3. FULL FAITH AND CREDIT GIVEN TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY.

Chapter 115 of title 28, United States Code, as amended by this Act, is further amended by inserting after section 1738B the following:

 ‘‘§ 1738C. Certain acts, records, and proceedings and the effect thereof

 ‘‘(a) In General.--No person acting under color of State law may deny--

 ‘‘(1) full faith and credit to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State pertaining to a marriage between 2 individuals, on the basis of the sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin of those individuals; or

 ‘‘(2) a right or claim arising from such a marriage on the basis that such marriage would not be recognized under the law of that State on the basis of the sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin of those individuals.

The assertation of Ike Holt that this law would not pertain to polygamy, youth marriage, but only to “marriage between 2 individuals, on the basis of the sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin of those individuals.”

Laws have to be considered in their entirety. While I agree there may be a states rights issue in this law. There is argument that having marriage laws that could vary greatly from state to state could lead chaos.


Barbara Fiehn

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