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Marriage could lose its meaning

The so-called gay-marriage battle being waged in the U.S. courts and Kansas is pushing to make a legal marriage meaningless.

There have only been a couple of states where the people have chosen to allow gay marriages. In most states where gay marriage is legal (including California), it is only legal by the fiat order of a court. This has been done mostly by U.S. federal courts and U.S. Courts of Appeal, save the 6th Circuit. The U.S. Supreme Court has made no final ruling on this issue.

The basic arguments pit the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (powers reserved to the states) against the 14th Amendment (equal protection under the law). Under an equal-protection theory, persons wishing to marry multiple partners (polygamy) should also be afforded the same access to marriage. In fact, this argument carries more weight than the gay-marriage argument, because these parties, when a woman and man are involved, can procreate. So before the dust settles on the gay-marriage issue, we will see the polygamy argument come before the courts.

The courts need to reassert the powers reserved for the states as defined in the 10th Amendment. The courts have to stop this nonsense of considering one part of the Constitution in a vacuum that gives little to no regard to the totality of the Constitution. This gay-marriage argument is just the latest in a series of these in-a-vacuum types of bad legal opinions.

The bottom line is that the courts are making a huge mess.

JIM BENAGE

Bel Aire

Fiscal damage

I am going to give the majority of voters in Kansas the benefit of the doubt by saying they simply were not informed about the fiscal damage that was perpetrated on them by the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback.

The damage occurred in May 2012, when Brownback signed into law a devastating tax cut that eliminated the state income tax liability for 191,000 business owners. The bleeding started in January 2013, when those business owners stopped paying state income tax on their earnings from their businesses, regardless of their income. A business could net $10,000 or $10 million and owe no state income tax. Because of the resulting loss of revenue, spending cuts will be devastating.

Brownback received 423,666 votes in the election. I can fully explain the first 191,000 votes, which reflect the windfall of those business owners. What blows my mind are the other 232,666 votes.

I do hope “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” is updated. Author Thomas Frank will certainly have enough new information to fill at least one book and perhaps three.

ERNIE SVITES

Wichita

No action

At several stores in Butler and Sedgwick counties, I have been told that I could not use my credit card unless I bought more. I’ve also been told that I could use my credit card for purchases but I would have to pay a service fee.

I spoke with offices of the county and district attorneys, and there seemed to be no interest by either in a violation of Kansas Statute 16a-2-403, which states: “No seller or lessor in any sales or lease transaction or any credit card issuer may impose a surcharge on a card holder who elects to use a credit card in lieu of payment by cash, check or similar means. A surcharge is any additional amount at the time of sales or lease transaction by the merchant, seller or lessor that increases the charge to the buyer or lessee for the privilege of using a credit card.”

One office told me to contact a private attorney. Is this another example of a law being violated with no action by government officials?

DARREL LOWRANCE

El Dorado

Prompt service

Thanks to Sedgwick County Treasurer Linda Kizzire for fast online renewals of license tags. I paid online last Tuesday afternoon and got my renewal stamps Thursday morning in the mail.

LONNY WRIGHT

Wichita

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