Rarely do I favor the fence with my seat, but I have wavered between gay marriage and domestic partnership. I think all romantic couples should be treated equally under the law, but I haven’t been persuaded that domestic partnership fails this test.
But ultimately gay marriage may trump. As the Associated Press reports, Maine became the fifth state to allow gay marriage, and New Hampshire may become the sixth.
How can Colorado balk if a gay couple, married in another state, moves here? Will our legal system say, “You’re not really married here?” Article IV of the Constitution states, “Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state.”
Moreover, does Colorado want to tell successful gay couples that they’re not welcome here? While Christian conservatives may decline to answer or may forthrightly say they’re happy to push gay couples away, for the rest of us, gay couples shop the same as everyone else, rent or buy houses, perform useful jobs, and generally enhance the economy and culture. It’ll be interesting to see how all this works out over the coming years.