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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

Larry1764 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 8:41 AM
to approve of what I cannot see as legitimate. Mutual respect would be the beginning of a meaningful friendship. The country's changing laws and "social acceptance" standards, all may be considerably in favor of gay couples, but a Christian would still have to maintain his beliefs. I only suggest that it can be done with a truly Christian attitude.

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...