Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kelo in the Bedroom: The Government Thinks of Us As Livestock

One of the more controversial aspects of the legal fight for marriage equality is that it has forced the government to reveal that it views taxpayers and citizens as a form of livestock.  In the name of tax revenue and stabilizing civilization, governments are claiming the right to control breeding, love, and marriage, abridging fundamental individual rights to self determination.

We agree with the founders: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  Kentucky's Governor Beshear and his legal team disagree.

The brazenness of Gov. Beshear in phrasing his beliefs on the matter are particularly shocking.  This is an excerpt from Kentucky Equality Federation/Hardee v. Steve Beshear:

Whether or not you support LGBTI rights and marriage equality, you should recognize the individual right to determine your own plans for your life.

In Kelo v. City of New London, the state demanded the right to confiscate private property (eminent domain) from citizens and give it to big business for "economic development."  Kelo was a bad decision, and its rationale that the individual loses property rights when the state can "do better"by giving the property to someone else have an eerie echo in Gov. Beshear's belief that the government can control your life and reproductive organs to force you to create the next generation of taxpayers.

Beshear's appeals to foreign law make it clear that this argument is stretched very thin, that it violates human decency, and that it violates American values and legal tradition which should and must always defend the rights of the individual.  Kentucky Equality Federation believes that your heart and your life are your own, that they are not your state's assets to dispose of as the governor sees fit.  We call on the governor to renounce these arguments by his tax-funded private legal team.

-Joshua Koch

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