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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

bloftman Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:53 AM
Davis says, "What is the proper role of government in defining marriage?" Wrong question, It should be, "What is the proper role of the federal government in defining marriage? Answer: none, it is not in the Constitution to give them this power.
JustMC Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 11:38 AM
bioftman, I'd absolutely agree as far as that goes. Problem is, the federal govt does a ton of redistributive things, by force, all of which are unConstitutional. But given people aren't getting rid of those, (or that it takes time, with no clear ending), there is no moral basis for denying gays the benefits of those ill-conceived and unlawful but REAL programs and tax exemptions..

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...