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Obama and Marriage Equality

Cindy Hill: President Barack Obama finally gave up his poorly-veiled attempt to avoid saying something definitive on the issue of marriage equality, and declared that “personally” he thinks same gender couples should be able to get married. A few days…

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Bert And Ernie: Marriage Material?

AKIE BERMISS: My position on same-sex marriage has — I’m proud to say — been the same for over 20 years. Even an eight year-old armed with basic 2nd Grade logic can tell you that if marriage is a taken alone as a state of legality of two persons AND that if two persons of the same gender being together isn’t illegal THAT same-sex marriage is a no-brainer as far as legality goes. Sure, there are some messy issues where religious faiths are concerned but, even being brought up Baptist I never understood why faithful people have so little strength of character that they feel people doing things differently from them is an assault on their beliefs. I never felt that two men getting married in my country was somehow a denigration of the institution of marriage. After all, marriage is not simply a matter of religious belief, but also legal status. Some people go in for both. Some do not. And there can be no question, to my mind, in a country founded on liberty and intellectual freedom (among other things) as to whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal. And, as such, I agree that it is quite possibly the defining civil rights legacy of the current era.

That said, there are times when even an honest and noble platform can be taken too far.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Like a set of parents determined to inflict a chocolate fountain on helpless guests, those who share my view that same-sex marriage should be the law of the land have nevertheless gone too far by proposing that Bert and Ernie marry. I feel this way not because I oppose their union, or because I think it is silly for puppets to marry.

I object because no one has asked them if they even want to. Continue reading

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Prop 8: How the Decision Reads

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Judge Vaughn Walker’s careful targeting of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger opinion at Justice Kennedy, particularly his citations to Kennedy’s opinions in Romer v. Evans and Lawrence v. Texas, is masterful work – and probably pointless. In its recent opinions, the current Supreme Court has demonstrated that it will do pretty much whatever it feels like, prior opinions be damned.

JEFF MORROW: Judge Walker can’t make the Court do what it doesn’t want to do, but his careful craftsmanship dares them to write a bad opinion. Continue reading

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