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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

Andy544 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 4:39 PM
Finally, if the Supreme Court decides to defy and ignore 4,000 years of Judeo-Christian influence (which this country's law was founded upon), and institute and legitimize this perverse 'mis-interpretation' of marriage, what is to stop someone coming forward with THREE WIVES, and claiming the "right" to marry each of them? Or, even more extreme, an individual who wishes to "marry" his pet dog, or sheep? If the Supreme Court 'kicks open' that door, the possibilities are endless!

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to tackle two gay marriage issues, those of us looking for some sweeping overall conclusions on the issue should temper our expectations.

The cases to be examined by the high court involve some specifics-- the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, and the range of benefits the federal government should grant in states choosing to recognize gay unions.

Both will necessarily involve some examination of what role the federal government should play in matters of gay marriage, but neither is likely to settle the biggest questions:

What is the proper...