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Beyond the Supreme Court: A Guide to Settling Gay Marriage

WPMac Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 4:22 PM
I agree with most of what you say, David, but the fact is that the APA's decision to normalize homosexuality was very controversial amongst their professional community - and is still controversial among mental health professionals today who still see a strong correlation between homosexuality and other psychological issues. One could argue that these issues are due to cultural persecution of homosexuality, but the fact that these issues are even more pronounced in areas that are friendly to homosexuality does not help that argument.

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...