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PUBLIC PUBLIC VIEWPOINT VIEWPOINT States Can’t Trump Constitutional Rights

Posted: December 29, 2013 at 1:24 a.m.

Much has been argued both pro and con regarding the issue of “gay rights” and/or gay marriage in the state of Arkansas. Over the course of time, not a single person has ever or will ever will be forced into any personal relationship against his free will. While it is understandable many regard any type of gay relationship as immoral due to religious belief, no one individual nor the government of any state can use that belief to enforce that personal belief upon society as a whole. The First Amendment guarantees that statement. Nor may any state “vote away ” the federal constitutional rights of any other citizen, no matter how passionate the majority may feel concerning a religious or moral issue. All enacted state law must fi rst conform with federal constitutional law so as to maintain its own legality.

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Opinion, Pages 10 on 12/29/2013

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