Gay marriage and the constitution discussed at UNDA UND constitutional law specialist talked gay marriage on campus Wednesday. Assistant Professor Steven Morrison says same-sex marriage will eventually be protected by the US constitution.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
A UND constitutional law specialist talked gay marriage on campus today. Assistant Professor Steven Morrison says same-sex marriage will eventually be protected by the US constitution.
Morrison spoke before students today, many of them from UND's Ten Percent Society, a group that is fighting for gay marriage rights. It seems the they found a strong ally in Morrison, who has no doubt that current legislation on both state and federal levels will soon be found unconstitutional.
Morrison talked about the two cases the supreme court took on last month but have yet to rule on. Proposition 8, a constitutional ballot initiative that doesn't recognize gay marriage in California, and the federal defense of marriage act.
Morrison: "...In that it prevents a certain subset of Americans from receiving those benefits, those very valuable benefits that accrue to other americans simply because of who they choose to love."
Morrison fielded questions from students that included issues with President Obama who just recently came out in favor of gay marriage.
Tom Williams, UND Student: "Because he wanted to secure the gay vote, he flip-flopped on the issue because as you said so yourself, you know politicians right? "
There was also the question about other organizations recognizing rights of married gay americans if they were given at the federal level.
Jame Morrow, UND Student: "...Including churches, businesses and insurance companies and to me that would be where the backlash would come."
Not everyone at the lecture agreed with all of Morrison's arguments. Law students Chad Edwards says while rights for gay married couples may be inevitable, his religious background says the word "marriage" stays as is.
Edwards: "To me marriage should be between two heterosexual people. That is just how I feel."
Morrison believes in the decades to come people will forget that gay marriage and gay rights were ever a problem and they will move on with their lives.