Mine was not an innocent question. I already knew the Contitution was silent on the issue of marriage.<quoted text>
It doesn't. Marriage is left to the states exclusively as per the 9th Amendment and the 10th Amendment in the Bill Of Rights (except for areas under exclusive federal jurisdiction, such as Washington, D.C., federal territories, the military, etc.)
I do not believe that the ninth and tenth amendments gives states the right to pass laws which are obviously discriminatory. For example, no state has the right any longer to segregate people by race. Similarly, I believe that no state can justify a clearly prejudicial position that two adults of the same gender may not marry. No law based on ignorance and bigotry should be allowed to trample on the human rights of others.
At the moment, the Supreme Court is considering whether to rule on the issue. In my mind, justice dictates that the Court should rule the DOMA law unconstitutional, which would then override any state law to the contrary.
I am tired of certain groups of people trying to force their prejudices on others, and preventing them their right to seek a satisfying life. It has to end. We must evolve.