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June 28, 2013

States should be free to govern themselves

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — That said, the state of Texas — for example — is not required to allow licensed New York State drivers to drive on their roads. They do, mind you. But that could change tomorrow if they get a glimpse at how some of the idiots up here drive. 

Sticking with driving, different states have different speed limits. Different states have different vehicle inspection requirements, emissions standards, etc. And if you’re in Texas, you have to follow Texas law even if you’re from New York. 

Why then should Texas be forced to recognize your New York State marriage? Gay or straight? 

If you’re licensed to carry a gun in one state, that license doesn’t carry over if you move to a new state. You need to get a new one. And if your new state doesn’t allow that particular type of gun, you’re S.O.L., if you know what I mean. 

Same goes with dogs. There are some states where certain breeds are banned. 

I own a pet hedgehog. Legal in New York. Illegal in Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii and Pennsylvania. And there’s no reason to make a federal case of it — pun intended.

My thought is that if you don’t like the laws in a certain state, don’t move there. Stay with like-minded people and let other like-minded people comfort themselves. 

Please don’t make the slavery argument against me. Owning people is wrong on any level. It’s not “immoral.” It’s just WRONG. It isn’t a states’ rights issue. And it gets back to “your thing” interfering with “my thing.” And as much as I support same-sex marriage, there is no comparison. 

Scott Leffler and his hedgehog live in beautiful Lockport, New York with his two daughters. Follow him on twitter @scottleffler.

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