LETTER: All Americans enjoy the right to 'pursuit of happiness'

2012-08-14T00:00:00Z LETTER: All Americans enjoy the right to 'pursuit of happiness' Sioux City Journal
August 14, 2012 12:00 am

SIOUX CITY - This is a response to the Letter headlined "Iowa Supreme Court overstepped bounds" from Sunday. The writer of this Letter states that the court "invented a right out of clear air."

In the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers stated that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The right to marry the person that you love is not a made-up right. Having the same rights as other loving people is not a made-up right. This right falls under the "pursuit of Happiness," which is not something that Congress can legislate away.

The courts exist to determine whether the legislatures have infringed on the unalienable rights of the people. And stopping the courts from doing that is more damaging to this country than allowing everyone the right to be happy. - Julie Cantrell-Paulson

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