Why My Driver’s License is More Powerful than a Marriage License
I love my driver’s license. It gives me the ability to get in a car and go just about anywhere in the United States. It’s gotten me on board aircrafts to virtually every state in this great country. I’ve seen the big sky of Montana and the roaring waters of Niagara, in large part, thanks to my driver’s license.
My driver’s license has a state seal on it, bearing the markings of the State of Texas and it has a 10 year old picture of me on it (shh, don’t tell the DMV!). I often admire my driver’s license for all the power it gives me all over the United States.
In spite of all my travels here and back again, I’ve never once had my driver’s license questioned. No cop, airport security official, custom’s agent or bartender has ever told me that they wouldn’t honor my driver’s license. It is all powerful and grants me the ability to drive in states where I might not even know the laws.
I remember one time I was somewhere in or near New England. I’d been bouncing around the country a lot and my GPS led me astray. I found a safe spot and did a u-turn, something completely legal in Texas. The red and blue lights came flying up behind me and a rather kindly police officer took a look at my Texas driver’s license before explaining to me that it was illegal in that state (whichever it was) to do a u-turn. He then sent me on my merry way with no penalty at all – other than a few minute delay.
That’s why a driver’s license is more powerful than a marriage license. Every state in the United States, thanks to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, will accept that I can legally drive, drink or board an airplane. Unfortunately, marriage licenses aren’t that powerful. Thanks to the admittedly unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act, states have the ability to say to me, “Nope, that license isn’t valid here, you aren’t married.” Of course, that only applies if you are gay.
A little ridiculous don’t you think?