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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

David3036 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 3:18 PM
Your hang-up over the issue is that you consider the institution "sacred." This is CIVIL marriage we're talking about, not your church's concept of marriage. Stop arguing the semantics of the word "marriage" and recognize that the path to equality is marriage for all, regardless of gender.

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...