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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

Joe_Ks Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:04 AM
This is the 4th Amendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." I fail to see any reference to DOMA or the same sex marriage issue what so ever in the 4th Amendment. Perhaps you also believe the 4th Amendment protects the rights of citizens to build nuclear bombs in their basements, if that's what they really want to do?

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...