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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

Larry1764 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:42 PM
David, it may be about "rights under the law" but you are wrong to say that it is that and "nothing more." For some it may be only those "rights" but for a great many (especially the activists) it is definitely about acceptance, too, (or often, only). If the homosexual activists are not about to destroy marriage, that will be the outcome anyway. ¿Do you care that marriage will be destroyed? I guess the question is "what is marriage", and I admit that I'm arguing for "one man-one woman in permanent and exclusive relationship including the sexual relationship.

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...