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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

Jay Wye Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 9:30 AM
Of course,some people IGNORE the second part of Article IV,sec 1; "and the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts,Records,and Proceedings shall be proved,and the Effect thereof." Congress "prescribed the manner" by enacting DOMA. THAT alone allows DOMA to be Constitutional. Congress is SPECIFICALLY given the power to decide,and they did.

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...