In the past month alone the South Dakota Senate has presented several bills which are completely unconstitutional (SB 67 and SB 128). No state stands alone or above the federal government.While SB 67 was recently thrown out, there is troubling language in Bill 128.
Article VI of the Constitution states:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
Language in SB 128 tries to force our state's judicial system to go against their duty to uphold the law (in this case any recognition the federal government may give to particular sexual orientations). This may just be our state trying to make a statement. But the petulant child who says something horrible to make a stand is not often rewarded.
Read the full text of the bill here: http://legiscan.com/SD/text/SB128/2014
Now that the legal argument has been made, here's the "being good human beings" argument.
Bills like this foster hatred and discrimination. People should definitely be allowed to express their views but when those views impede upon another's ability to acquire a job or to just live a normal life, you devalue them as a human being. That is wrong.
If your religious belief means you must discriminate against a particular sexual orientation, perhaps reading more of your doctrine is in your best interest.
Finally, I don't know about you, but I just feel embarrassed reading legislation like this. It not only promotes hate, but also shows that perhaps our legislature needs to return to their high school government classes.
Please put an end to this madness.