News Analysis: How Will the Supremes Rule on Marriage Equality?

Dec 11, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: EDGE

The world will not end on Dec. 21, 2012, but for gay families it might get considerably more complicated... or blessedly more equal, or perhaps even both at once... once the Supreme Court issues its rulings on two monumentally important cases, with rulings expected sometime in mid-2013. The two cases involve the constitutionality of the anti-gay ... (more)

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“Headed toward the cliff”

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Dec 12, 2012
 
JrEsq wrote:
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"it places certain rights beyond the reach of the vagaries of any temporary majority."
That is true, but only to provide protection against the "vagaries". There still must exist in society, a baseline, a soul, or character of that society, and protections which guarantee it's continued existence.
For example, it is reasonable for society to enact laws which punish certain acts, set minimum drinking ages, age of consent, etc. in the establishment of that baseline. The nine members of SCOTUS, among others, help establish that baseline, and simply cannot ignore the needs of society in favor of the rights of the individual.
Allowing same-sex couples the ability to marry in no way harms society. It doesn't prevent heteros from continuing to marry & have kids & divorce & remarry & have more kids & divorce & abandon their families; just like they currently do.

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JrEsq wrote:
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"A soul? Really? A character of society must exist? "
Sure, did you think that a society is just a document?
"In order to deny citizens a fundamental right, government needs to have at least a legitimate governmental interest."
There IS a "legitimate government intest". It's called survival.
You refer to anti-gay- marriage sentiment as a "vagary", associated with extremists and fundies. You don't have to be an extremist nor a fundie to to recognize that homosexuality and gay marriage may present a legitimate danger to society.
Your support consists of only about half of the populuation. Can the other half all be extremists and fundies?
If homosexuality and gay marriage are are harmless as you imply, it would not have taken you 2000+ years to get to this point.
How does allowing same-sex couples to marry affect the survival of society or our govt or the country? Heteros aren't being banned from marrying or having kids. They will continue breeding as they always have.

Inter-racial marriage isn't harmful to society either, yet it took just about that long for it be accepted as well.

Women had no say in society for thousands of years either; do you claim they are harmful as well?

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