What are the Rights and Responsibilities of the Rulers and the Ruled?

Read the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and write a reflection that argues your position on the essential question. Defend your position using evidence from the text. Develop your argument by including relevant personal experience, anticipating counterclaims or competing views, and giving examples from history or current events.

Sanctity of Marriage Amendment.

This amendment shall be known and may be cited as the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment.

  1. Marriage is inherently a unique relationship between a man and a woman. As a matter of public policy, this state has a special interest in encouraging, supporting, and protecting this unique relationship in order to promote, among other goals, the stability and welfare of society and its children. A marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex is invalid in this state.

  2. Marriage is a sacred covenant, solemnized between a man and a woman, which, when the legal capacity and consent of both parties is present, establishes their relationship as husband and wife, and which is recognized by the state as a civil contract.

  3. No marriage license shall be issued in the State of Alabama to parties of the same sex.

  4. The State of Alabama shall not recognize as valid any marriage of parties of the same sex that occurred or was alleged to have occurred as a result of the law of any jurisdiction regardless of whether a marriage license was issued.

  5. The State of Alabama shall not recognize as valid any common law marriage of parties of the same sex.

  6. A union replicating marriage of or between persons of the same sex in the State of Alabama or in any other jurisdiction shall be considered and treated in all respects as having no legal force or effect in this state and shall not be recognized by this state as a marriage or other union replicating marriage.