The beginning of the end of the gay marriage debate?
It's not clear whether the Supreme Court's recent decision to review two gay marriage-related cases heralds the beginning of the end of the national debate on this issue, the end of the beginning, or something completely different.
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#1 Dec 19, 2012
I do agree that whatever SCOTUS does rule with regards to the two cases in front of them, I don't see this as the end of the debate or the fight.
With regards to those who believe that SCOTUS took the Prop 8 case to counter their possible ruling in the DOMA case, I simply disagree with that assessment.....I don't believe that a right can be granted and then ELIMINATED per say or in this case technically a "WORD". If the Justices rule in favor of the proponents of Prop 8 and overturn the ruling from the 9th in essence it is saying that the decision in Romer was incorrect and that marriage is ONLY a fundamental right for heterosexual couples......and I believe that is a direct violation of both Due Process and the Equal Protection Clause.
I also believe that both DOMA and Prop 8 have failed the rational level of review, and therefore the Justices might not see a need for a higher scrutiny.....but a higher level of scrutiny would certainly toss both of these cases!!!
Since: Jun 11
#4 Dec 19, 2012
“Research over several decades has demonstrated that sexual orientation ranges along a continuum, from exclusive attraction to the other sex to exclusive attraction to the same sex. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual relationships are normal forms of human bonding.”(APA)
"The results of more than a century of anthropological research on households, kinship relationships, and families, across cultures and through time, provide no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies." (American Anthropological Association)
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