That correction was short, but pointless.It isn't "equal protection of the law".
It is "equal protection under the law".
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." US Constitution, 14th Amendment, Section 1
The reality remains that marriage is a protection of the law in every state in the union, and absent a compelling state interest to deny such protection, same sex couples should be allowed equal protection OF the laws.
Actually, they do. There is a long history of marriage being upheld as a fundamental right, and there is also a history of striking down restrictions agains who should be able to marry.The 14 rulings you refer to do not, as you claimed previously, have the Supreme Court saying there is a fundamental right to marry.
Unless you can present a valid state interest served by denying same sex couples the right to legally marry, that too shall likely come to pass, as it did in Illinois last night.
Sorry charlie, nowhere does Section 1 of the 14th Amendment mention slavery, and it has been applied, time and time again by courts across the country (including the US Supreme Court), to issues having nothing to do with slavery.The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment is an anti-slavery measure, and has not one thing to do with homosexuals or marriage.
Actually, if such a restriction does not serve a compelling governmental interest, then it is unconstitutional. Can you offer any such interest served by denying same sex couples equal protection of the law to marry? I would bet that you cannot.Even if it did, "equal protection under the law" is perfectly satisfied by the situation - where all people can marry the opposite sex, and none can marry the same sex.
Everyone should be, but that is currently not the case in many jurisdictions. Time will tell if you can offer a valid argument against equality for same sex couples.Everybody equal. Under the law.
I don't think that you can.