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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

Tinsldr2 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 9:30 AM
Actually Kate, among WOMEN same sex couples, long term monogamous relationships are common. They might even last longer in some cases if they were legally married. I married my wife in 1987. Since that time, there were occasions if we had not been married I might have left, or strayed etc, but the marriage vows we took and the legal obligation kept us together and we worked through our issues. The fact that we are legally married strengthened our relationship. Why deny same sex couples the same? If the problem is they are to quick to get into short term relationships, maybe MARRIAGE is something that could cut down on that.

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...