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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-12 02:13 AM
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Gay marriage moves closer to the Supreme Court (huge mistake, IMO)
Gay marriage moves closer to the Supreme Court
By David Ingram

WASHINGTON | Fri May 11, 2012 7:22pm EDT

(Reuters) - Two big cases addressing marriage rights for gays and lesbians are on track to reach the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as this year, keeping the focus on an issue President Barack Obama reignited with his endorsement this week.

The cases, originating on opposite coasts, go to the heart of a question that has churned for two decades: whether states and the federal government may refuse to recognize same-sex marriage.

How the high court would rule is impossible to know. In the court's most recent gay-rights case, the justices in 2003 struck down state anti-sodomy laws as an improper intrusion on private activity.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/11/us-usa-marria...

Sexual activity is private and personal (and the states have not lost their power to make sure sexual activity remains private). Marriage is not.

Scalia has already said that same gender marriage is not a Constitutional right. He'll give his originalist bs about how homosexuality was regulated in the 1860's and how no one who voted on the 14th amendment thought it was going to take away the states' rights to regulate marriage and that will be that.

Kennedy will be the swing vote, but going to this particular Supreme Court, with all its conservative Catholic justices, is a huge risk.

Obviously, I hope I am dead wrong, but I am chicken.

I would have stayed away from the clowns on the Court until Democratic appointees were a majority or until states started overturning their shiny new bigotry amendments to their own constitutions.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-12 12:29 PM
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1. I can see your point. It's as if we moved to fast in pursuing this, but in turn, the longer it's
pursued, the more it seems incredibly outdated to those hearing about the injustice. It is sad that only half of America thinks keeping Gays from marrying each other (it doesn't effect anyone else) is a travesty.


http://www.zazzle.com/seamus_ran_away_trust_mitts_dog_b...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-12 04:39 AM
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3. Not too fast at all! Just the wrong SCOTUS.
Members of the GLBT community have been denied equal rights in many cultures throughout human history.

If anything, they have been patient beyond belief.

I just would not have gone to this particular SCOTUS for anything even slightly liberal, especially something liberal AND against the pposed teaching of the Catholic Church.
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Chemisse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-12-12 05:53 PM
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2. It may not make it past the Supreme Court (probably won't), but
The more it is talked about and the more it is in the news, the less power it will have to rile up the RW base, imo. It will lose its shock value through sheer repetition, for all but the most bigoted crazies, and gay marriage will be met with yawns all around.

At least that is my hope.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-12 04:48 AM
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4. Thanks. Good way to look at it. And again, maybe I will be proven wrong. I sure hope so.
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