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    Filed at 5:05 am under by dcobranchi

    Happy Valentine’s Day

    St. Valentine fought for marriage

    St. Valentine was a Christian priest in 3rd-century Rome when Christianity was an outlawed religion. He stressed the importance of marriage for men and women who desired to live together. Marriage, however, had been forbidden by Claudius II, who believed that family ties made soldiers less willing to fight. As a result of Valentine’s teachings, he was jailed, tried and convicted of promoting dogma contrary to government law. He was executed Feb. 14 for his direct violation of the emperor’s edict.

    Today we have 27 of 28 states which have voted, and then passed, the Defense of Marriage Act signed by President Clinton in 1996. The Washington state Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of their DOMA. Yet, we have a county judge, Robert Hanson in Iowa, who struck down that state’s DOMA as unconstitutional for his Polk County. We have three states that recognize civil unions. One, Massachusetts, did not allow a referendum by the people to vote their will on this matter, but instead passed a bill to allow civil unions by legislative decree without true representation. As a result, homosexual couples from 46 states now possess marriage licenses.

    What does that do to the Federal Full Faith and Credit Clause of the 14th Amendment? Currently, 11 states face court challenges to their marriage laws. We need more St. Valentines to champion once again the defense of marriage between one man and one woman as a constitutional amendment.

    Raymond N. Miller

    This is one very confused person. I love how the MA law (which permitted marriage, not civil unions) is a “legislative decree without true representation.” Isn’t that why we have legislatures?

    3 Responses to “LOTD”

    Comment by
    Peter Darby
    February 14th, 2008
    at 5:36 am

    And, errr, Claudius II abolishing marrriage? say what? Where the heck does this come from? The only details I can find in any “reality based” sources talk about martyrdom for not denying christ.

    Any emperor trying to abolish marriage in the army or anywhere else would have got a short lesson in roman custom, probably at the end of a few thousand Pila.

    Comment by
    February 14th, 2008
    at 8:37 am

    Methinks the fella meant to say Mass. has a judicial decree, because the state supreme court said that, according to our current state constitution, denying marriage rights to gay couples is unconstitutional. No bills have passed related to gay marriage. The legislature voted down the amendment referendum, which means that the good, homophobic people of Mass. won’t get to vote away other people’s civil rights. That works for me.

    Comment by
    February 14th, 2008
    at 9:33 am

    The Catholic Church removed Valentine’s day from the church calendar back in the 60s due to the lack of certainty about St. Valentine.