During oral arguments today at the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia and attorney Ted Olson had a pointed exchange over whether same-sex marriage is a fundamental right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Scalia's argument, which was advanced by Chief Justice John Roberts before him, was that when the institution of marriage developed historically, it was not done with the explicit intent of excluding gay and lesbian couples.
Comments: It is in the Penumbra and Emanations Amendment. You can find it right after the Freedom from Religion Amendment.
We actually have quite a few restrictions on marriage -- polygamy, incest, bestiality, objectophilia, necrophilia, pedophilia, narcisism... to name just a few, are not permitted.
But the best argument I have ever heard about the rights issue is that gay people have the exact SAME rights are straight people -- they can marry someone of the opposite sex, exactly the same as a straight person can. A straight person is not permitted to marry someone of the same sex either no matter what the reason might be.
Hows stupid do we have to be, it was clear when Marriage was defined that homosexuality was considered an abomination, why would those defining marriage have concluded that it would be okay for degenerates, moreover why not allow people the right to marry their beloved "pets"! Even the SCOTUS is becoming corrupt as the morons in Congress.
Perhaps they can embrace any kind of degeneracy from the vast pool of their own experience but not impose an equal standard with normal decent human beings. There is no culture that I am aware of that idealized degeneracy.
The problem is semantics. You cannot say you are excluding a person from doing something that there are no limits on. The issue is not "marriage"--but rather the recognition of the marriage by the state. That is where we are both arguing different issues. The left is trying to claim we are denying marriage and thus discriminating. But in truth, it is about what the state is willing to recognize under the law. We could easily win the argument if we use the right words. The left are master word manipulators. Until we learn the art, we will never win people over.
All other issues aside, I´m wondering how the California court allowed any change to this. Californians Amended their Constitution by a method prescribed by their law. It then became an Amendment to that Constitution. How can a change to the Constitution be un-Constitutional? If our Federal Constitution were amended to make firearm ownership illegal, we´d have no recourse would we? They once amended our Constitution to make alcohol consumption illegal and, a change to this required yet another amendment. A Constitution supersedes all other law or laws, does it not? A law can be found unconstitutional because it´s standard for legality is the Constitution. Maybe beating a dead horse here but I just don´t really understand how the California courts could have found the Amendment at fault unless it was passed or presented in some fraudulent manner.
The word "marriage" has a definition. Period. If homosexuals want to get together then let ´em do it. But they have no "right" to simply change the meaning of the word. Marriage: The state of being husband and wife; wedlock. The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife. (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 1978.) Since the beginning of time man has known the meaning of the word. How in the hell do a bunch of homosexuals have the right to change the meaning? Can I change the meaning of the word "beer" to mean orange juice and drink it on my way to work?
I prefer the term pairage. A pair who can be together. Who cannot support this? But a change in terms like marriage meaning something other than a male/female union, is like calling a horse a cow, and expecting everyone around you to agree.
I think we, the nation, will lose this one no matter how the Supreme Court rules. The Left has been pushing this in the culture for at least 30 years with the intent - identical with the feminist Left´s real intent - not to foster "equality" but to destroy the family so family functions can finally be permanently replaced by the coming All-Beneficent Socialist State, to be run by Democrats with no opposition party. When "gay marriage" is accomplished in the culture, with or without court rulings, the next faux step - polyandry or "equal rights" for eunuchs, or whatever - will immediately be set in motion in the culture, and so forth until no nuclear family is able to stand or produce children on its own and traditional values are viewed as punishable forms of oppression (as longed for by feminists since the 50s). "Man and wife" will become the new Jim Crow, and the All-Beneficent Socialist State will have its endless supply of willing dependents. And all the while, gay people will form unions, or not, at exactly the rate they do now, since this really has nothing to do with them at all.
Less than four hours after a three-judge panel of the 3rd Court of Appeals reversed former U.S. House of Representative Tom Delay´s felony convictions and acquitted him of money laundering and conspiring to money launder, prosecutors from the Travis County District Attorney´s office said they will ask the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to review that ruling.
The sun fired off an intense solar storm at Earth Wednesday (Aug. 21) — the second in two days — hurtling billions of tons of charged particles at our planet, but should not pose a threat to people on the ground, NASA says. The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred yesterday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That´s just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth within the next three days.
Kim M. Catullo does not like giving interviews or getting behind a microphone. At political events, she tends to hover in the background, so much so that she is sometimes mistaken for a member of her wife’s security detail. But with the primary just weeks away, Ms. Catullo, the wife of Christine C. Quinn, is edging out of her comfort zone to take on a more visible role in Ms. Quinn’s campaign for mayor of New York City.
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Civil rights icon Julian Bond defended the IRS for targeting tea party groups, on Tuesday, labeling them “the Taliban wing of American politics.” “I think it’s entirely legitimate to look at the tea party,” Bond said on MSNBC. “Here are a group of people who are admittedly racist, who are overtly political, who’ve tried as best they can to harm President Obama in every way they can.” [snip] “I don’t think there are any parallels to what we’re seeing today,” he said. “Of course we were unfairly targeted.”
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