A huge problem we have in society today, both sides scream about their protections under the Constitution, but on issues that they have strong feelings about they will subvert it. I do not stand with gay marriage and voted against it, but respect the decisions of each individual state's decisions on the matter. The problem we have today is over-reaching federal government, and the people allow it's powers to expand under regulatory agencies. If it's not in the Constitution, it's a state right or goes to the people period.
Thomas Jefferson once said that we are 1 republic and 13 experiments in democracy. Meaning that today, we are 1 republic and 50 experiments in democracy. The United States Constitution 10th Amendment states clearly:
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.
Based on that I feel the Federal Government should stay out of States' business, and let the States decide on what they want in their individual democratic systems.
We have allowed the Federal government for too long to legislate morality and immorality. The purpose of States rights is that every individual experiment in Democracy reflects that area where the people live at, not what the country club politicians in Washington DC think is right for us. The American people have forgotten that they are there [in DC] because of us, we are not here for them. If you disagree with what your state has decided, then start a movement to change it or pack your bags and move to a state that reflects your values.
Just because you feel strongly about an issue like marijuana, gay marriage, health care, immigration policy, gun rights, public education, and many others, please don't tell our so-called representatives of the people to subvert the document that gives our government restrictions. All just because YOU disagree. We are losing freedoms every day, we are over-taxed, over-regulated, and have far too many laws. It's because We The People haven't been doing what WE as a free people need to be doing. Protecting the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution, is protecting the individual identities of all of us around our great country! Yes we are one people, but we are diverse and not one automation under the thumb of a big fat government empire that acts like our parent.