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In 1972 I wrote and published "The Revised Constitution of the United States of America", a copy of which appears on this website. Therefore, I know and support our Constitution, and I think about it often. I continue to weep for the loss of its respect; At least Al Capone technically respected our Constitution and laws (even though he actually directed much crime), and he carefully avoided personal involvement for which he could be prosecuted.

As I write this commentary, the Supreme Court has blatantly ignored our Constitution (of 1787). They have just decided to ignore it even though they came up with a decision which would have largely answered the plaintiff's desires within the directives of our Constitution.

Article IV, Section 1 states "Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the manner in which such Acts, Records, and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof." Based on this Article the plaintiffs' marriages, which had been performed outside the State of California, must be respected within that State and any of the other States.

Few people today remember when miscegenation was prohibited by the marriage laws of many states in the Old South. In those days mixed race couples knew that they would need to go north to get married. Fortunately, those days are over, but any same sex couple at least 18 years of age is welcome to briefly vacation in Connecticut where every Justice of the Peace is required by law to perform same sex marriages under the same regulations as heterosexual unions. (There are also other states where same sex couples can get married.)

Getting back to our Constitution, the Tenth Amendment says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." What this obviously means is that the will of the voters in California must be respected, and those same sex couples who marry in other states must have their marriages recognized and respected in California. I may not have all the degrees as the members of Supreme Court, but I do have more respect for our Constitution.

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