Senators Agree Governor Must Allow Gay Marriage

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At least two senators say they’ve had a change of heart after the people have spoken on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Guam – Senators are beginning to pour in with their positions on same sex marriage, following a chain of events after Guam’s first same-sex couple was denied the right to marry last week. Most seem to agree with Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson’s opinion.

 

 

“I’ve always said this is a civil rights issue of the 21st century,” laments Vice Speaker BJ Cruz.

 

In 2010, Cruz took a chance when introduced a bill in support of gay marriage. No one supported him and thus the measure failed. Now that the nation is at the brink of a social revolution, he says only now is everyone beginning to recognize its importance, but he says it’s an action that may be too little too late. 

“There is nothing that needs to be done locally. The governor has told us that he wants us to either act or do a referendum. A referendum wouldn’t be until 2016. July 1st of this year we will have an answer from the US Supreme Court,” notes Cruz. 

As far as repealing or amending local law, Cruz says the legislature would not have enough votes for an override as he believes Governor Calvo would certainly veto any legislation that would attempt to legalizing gay marriage. 

“Because he could’ve easily allowed the AG to accept the blame on this, but he jumped out in front of it. Why is beyond me,” says Cruz.

Then there’s the two senators who seem to have had a change of heart. Back in 2009, Senators Frank Blas Jr and Tina Muna Barnes introduced legislation that would legally define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. 

“I appreciate that as a result of the introduction of that legislation and the discussions that occurred, yes, I’m going to admit that there was a change of heart,” Senator Blas says. “People love each other. We should give them all the opportunities to take care of the people that they love.”

“Not affording the opportunity for that application to be given today in as far as that marriage license, I understand and I know in my heart that that is a violation of equal rights,” says Senator Barnes.

And as an attorney by trade, Senator Jimmy Espaldon believes Governor Calvo should lift the ban on same-sex marriage.

“I know it causes a lot of internal conflict with him and many others because of the teachings of the church, but as public servants I think that he’s gonna have to abide by what is constitutional and right now a ban on same sex marriage is, according to the court, unconstitutional,” points out Espaldon.

Despite a legal opinion from Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson in favor of same-sex marriage, Governor Eddie Calvo says while his legal team reviews the matter, Public Health will continue to reject same sex marriage license applications.

 

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and well being of the spouses. The promoters of same-sex “marriage” propose something entirely different. They propose the union between two men or two women. This denies the self-evident biological, physiological, and psychological differences between men and women which find their complementary in marriage. It also denies the specific primary purpose of marriage: the perpetuation of the human race and the raising of children. Two entirely different things cannot be considered the same thing.

  2. Gay Marriage always denies a child either a father or a mother It is in the child’s best interests that he be raised under the influence of his natural father and mother. This rule is confirmed by the evident difficulties faced by the many children who are orphans or are raised by a single parent, a relative, or a foster parent. The unfortunate situation of these children will be the norm for all children of a same-sex “marriage.” A child of a same-sex “marriage” will always be deprived of either his natural mother or father. He will necessarily be raised by one party who has no blood relationship with him. He will always be deprived of either a mother or a father role model. Same-sex “marriage” ignores a child’s best interests.

  3. Same-sex “marriage” serves to validate not only such unions but the whole homosexual lifestyle in all its bisexual and transgender variants. Civil laws are structuring principles of man’s life in society. As such, they play a very important and sometimes decisive role in influencing patterns of thought and behavior. They externally shape the life of society, but also profoundly modify everyone’s perception and evaluation of forms of behavior. Legal recognition of same-sex “marriage” would necessarily obscure certain basic moral values, devalue traditional marriage, and weaken public morality.

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