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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

Cambermeister Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 6:55 PM
OK, so this guy says he and his buddy want all the rights of marriage. They don't like the marital prerequisies. So we ask him if he will vote for unions with all the rights of marriage. He says NO!! He does not want unions with all the rights of marriage. Is he telling the truth when saying he wants all the rights of marriage?

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...