Recently the Supreme Court caused quite a stir when they said they wouldn’t rule on gay marriages. This left one Utah Republican, State Rep. Kraig Powell a little frustrated, and wondering if coining a new term for these same-sex unions, ‘pairages’ could offer some calmness.
But, what’s in a name? Really. Is that what this whole movement is all about? They just want to be called something cool? Or is there a little more to it than that?
This is about normalizing the choices of the LGBT community and being recognized. But, at the same time, there is more to it than just that.
There is so much that would have to change. Namely, taxes and power.
Looking at taxes, the government would have to make extensive changes to how they collect taxes. And it’s not only federal taxes, but state and local as well. Forms have to be adjusted, and laws have to be amended. Then again, maybe this is an opening to completely overhaul the tax code and get rid of the current progressive tax plan.
So, what about the power issue? What’s that all about? Think of it this way: Who do you receive a marriage license from? The state or the federal government? The state. That’s where the power resides. In and with the state. Let’s not forget what the Constitution 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.” – 10th Amendment
You see, this isn’t really about a name. You can refer to them as whatever you want, but this is about something much, much bigger. It’s about power. It’s about being recognized and labeled. Just don’t label them if you aren’t one of them.