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Support for Same-sex Marriage Crosses Party Lines

Kenneth L. Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 12:01 PM
Like it or not, if the majority of voters in this country decide they want to change the definition of marriage, the definition will be changed. I'm fine with that. But Mr. Barone is not addressing the huge elephant in the room: judicial activism. I'll ask again the same questions I posed to David3036.
Kenneth L. Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 12:02 PM
If a same-sex couple apply for a "marriage" license, how does one verify that they're gay?

Or are we intent on opening up marriage to anybody who asks for it? Are we prepared for the hit on Social Security survivor benefits, and health insurance spousal benefits?

And how do we stop the arguments that this is a "civil right"? If it is, indeed, a "right" then it will have to be granted to other groups like polygamists, will it not?

I have no objection to the will of the people being enacted after a fair ballot initiative, but one big issue in this connection is judicial fiat. What do you say about that?
TommyMaq Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 12:12 PM
Whining about the extension of a subsidy because it will cost means you've admitted that it is a subsidy, and that nobody should get it.

Was that your intent?
Kenneth L. Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 12:17 PM
I'm not that familiar with the history. How old is the survivor benefit?

But Social Security isn't self-funding any more anyway, with all the disability pension abuse. I'm just saying it should be up to our gutless legislators to deal with this on our behalf, and not push it off to the Supreme Court in the hope that they will further destroy the Constitution.
In an opinion article in the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he has changed his mind and now supports same-sex marriage.

He wrote that on learning that one of his sons is gay he "wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for Will to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister."

He is not the only prominent Republican to come to this view in this way. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is another.

And at the Conservative Political Action Committee convention, a panel sponsored by the...