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Gay marriage: The Supreme Court's possible rulings

Leave it to San Francisco to advance what's likely to be one of the most contentious cases facing the Supreme Court in decades, with California's Proposition 8 heading to the nation's top court on Tuesday carrying activists' magic question: are gay marriage bans unconstitutional? Yes or no? (with hearing audio)
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Mar 26, 2013, 1:47 pm
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DISCLAIMER!!! PLEASE FULLY READ AND UNDERSTAND MY DISCLAIMER BEFORE REACTING TO MY POST!!! I will not engage in any dialogue with those who make it clear they have not read and understood the following disclaimer:

What I am about to say is NOT what I want see to happen. I am not saying that this is right or wrong or good or bad. I am just saying that this is what I predict will happen in the future if SCOTUS calls gay marriage good.

If SCOTUS says that gay marriage is good, then in the future you’re going to see others coming forward…those who think plural marriage should be good, those who think that marriages with adults and children should be good, those who think that marriages between humans and animals or inanimate objects should be good…

This may seem very far-fetched now, and one might be saying “well, yeah, but this is different…” Decades ago, when we were working through the interracial marriage barrier, one might have said exactly the same thing about gay marriage back then.

Again, above disclaimer…don’t hate the messenger.

This stated, I hope SCOTUS treads lightly and carefully though this issue, not only considering the present, but the future as well. I hope they find a way to state something to the effect of “OK, but this is it.”

I for one wouldn’t mind seeing a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage. Something to the effect of “two human adults”, just to pre-emptively close the door on anyone who could use the potential ruling to further their own causes in the future.

Mar 26, 2013, 6:14 pm
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@Bret Linden

People made the same “the sky is falling” arguments to argue against scrapping laws against miscegenation.

We got through Loving v. Virginia, and indeed beyond Hank Oyama wedding Mary Ann Jordan, without the wilting of our supposedly delicate society.

Mar 26, 2013, 8:55 pm
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I’m not arguing anything…I’m just telling you what’s coming, and what we’re going to have to deal with in the future.

If you’re trying to drill for my personal feeling about gay marriage, the truth is that I really don’t give a shit about it. But, that cuts both ways…I don’t care if they get married or not, but my apathy toward the subject runs so deep about the issue that I really wish it would fall out of the daily headlines.

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