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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

gtanv Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:52 AM
Between Paulus and MG I think we have the issues pretty well described. I think the key is the accommodation made among the rational folks. The radicals MG describes will not win, and the radicals talking about gays as pedophiles and depraved people are rapidly being shunned by the society as a whole. The rational folks can work this out if just quit listening to the frothers among us.

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...