That equal protection clause, part of the Fourteenth Amendment, is pretty clear: “(it) provides that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction "the equal protection of the laws."
Unless of course we're determined to create second class citizens, like Scott Walker is advocating with a constitutional amendment allowing states to discriminate. Think about it, if you have to add an amendment, than you're changing a right already protected by the Constitution.
The inconvenient truth about marriage is that it really deals with our legal and economic responsibilities to each other. It's not just a religious concept. Without this legal commitment, can you imagine the chaos. We could all just walk away from each other; spouses, kids, relatives.
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But chaos is the name of the game for Republicans pushing the phoniest kind of rugged individualism and pure religious fundamentalism.
According to Scott Walker, in an interview by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, he would try to change the legal commitment marriage provides to all of us, giving it to the union of a man and a woman. Anyone else, second class citizen status. It also creates a monetary nightmare for couples in states that allow marriage and need all the legal economic responsibilities the federal government provides, like Social Security...unless they get rid of that too:
Walker said he would be open to the idea of a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, a process that he emphasized would have to originate from the states. “If the court decides that, the only next approach is for those who are supporters of marriage being defined as between one man and one woman is ultimately to consider pursuing a constitutional amendment.”