Ultimately, it doesn't matter. From the dissent to your favorite Maryland marriage case ruling:<quoted text>
As defined by whom? Marriage as the historic, cultural, social, legal, and/or union of one man and one woman as husband and wife? As in all of the Supreme Court cases, excluding the most recent decision, based their ruling on monogamous conjugal marriage?
“Fundamental rights once recognized cannot be denied to particular groups on the ground that these groups have historically been denied those rights."
“[i]t is no answer that same-sex couples can be excluded from marriage because ‘marriage,’ by definition, does not include them."
The is based on what is written, not what is "understood". Hence the rush to pass constitutional amendments prohibiting legal recognition of same sex marriages when it was realized existing laws did not include the necessary qualifiers to exclude them.No need for qualifiers of that which is understood, marriage as amnion one one man and one woman as husband and wife.
Then why the incessantly whining that it is?Sure it can change.
My understanding of history and constitutional law are quite fine. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about yours.Or your understanding of history.
Nope.Yes it does.
Non sequitar.Nor do your attempts to put a square peg in a round hole.
The topic is neither my parents nor procreation, small Peter.If it weren't for a male female obsessed with each other, if only for a moment, you wouldn't be here.
That kind of goes with he territory of exercising one's fundamental right of civil marriage.Only if one chooses to marry legally.
I was talking about the state refusing to issue a marriage license, not issuing one. Pay attention.Not quite, as long as the parties meet the basic requirements set forth by the state they get the license.
That lawsuit is not challenging the statute prohibiting legal recognition of more than one civil marriage simultaneously. Rather, it's challenging the Utah law that makes claiming to be "spiritually" married to more than one person even in the absence of more than one civil marriage license a crime."Sister Wives" lawsuit.