The federal government has a duty to its citizens. This duty does not arise out of its citizens’ personal beliefs or private lives, but merely from their citizenship. Indeed, this responsibility cannot be taken away from them, even when they break a law, for even felons retain their human rights. Who, then, would dare to say that holding different views on marriage is so much more grievous than felony as to warrant discrimination from the government? Discrimination in the private sector is a different matter entirely, because business owners for the most part set their own duties and obligations relative to their customers. To force one private citizen (the business owner) to compromise his own personal beliefs, which may mandate to him a certain definition of marriage, is to many an over-extent of government power. But as far as the government itself goes, discrimination is not only bad (it is bad in all sectors; the question is legality) but in fact a breach of the social contract with respect to the role of the government. I do not know why this bill has not already been passed.