Wednesday, January 14, 2004

A Simple Plan

Okay. I know that, like shooting fish in a barrel, going after obscure Bible-Belt state legislators isn't particularly sporting. There's no challenge. But I still can't help mentioning this:
[Instead of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage,] Graves says Congress could implement a simpler process to accomplish the same thing.

"I think the way to handle that on the federal level is for Congress to curb the jurisdiction of the federal courts to handle such matters (as gay marriage)," he said.

"They could take away their jurisdiction to handle matters like gay marriages, prayer in schools and the posting of the Ten Commandments" in government buildings.
That's a great idea! Let's repeal Article III of the United States Constitution, because that will be simplest. At least no one can accuse him of thinking small.

(At first I thought that he just wanted the First Amendment repealed, but that wouldn't take away the federal courts' jurisdiction over gay marriage, which is usually based on the "equal protection" clause in the 14th Amendment and the "full faith and credit" clause of Article IV, Section 1. If his statement is to make any sense at all - which I suppose is a debatable question - it's got to involve the provision in Artlcle III that gives federal courts jurisdiction over "all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution [and] the laws of the United States.")