Earlier this week, the Supreme Court rules the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, with the historical swing vote on the panel, Anthony Kennedy, siding with the majority. In his opinion, Kennedy was particularly harsh on DOMA proponents, suggesting they were supporting a law that was discriminatory on various levels. That opinion drew the wrath of National Review columnist Mark Steyn. On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Thursday, Steyn criticized Kennedy’s opinion, calling it “pathetic” and “immature” for not acknowledging the arguments from the other side. “To be honest, you know, the gay marriage issue, I think
Comments: This Supreme Court justice thumbed his nose at an institution that is thousands of years old, just as if that meant nothing
Agree w/ #2 that the Feds need to stay out of what should be left to the states. That said, the opinion was still pathetic. Of course, it was probably not written by Kennedy himself, but rather by some Yale or Harvard law school graduate who has a snobbish, elitist view of the world and who has been indoctrinated to be an anti-Christian bigot and intolerant leftist.
#2--that is not what the Court held, exactly. It gave lip service to the rights of the states but went on to claim that the Federal government´s definition of marriage between a man and a woman is discriminatory. That kind of loose language will muddy up how the decision is viewed in later cases, for instance, where a state refuses to recognize gay marriage because it defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
The question that citizens, representatives, and senators at the state and federal level need to ask themselves is this:
If the judicial branch of our government can overturn and declare unconstitutional voter-approved legislation ... and if the executive branch of our government can bypass the legislative process with executive orders ... why the heck do we vote, why do we need elections, and why do we need Congress?
#2 -- The Constitution is important, but DOMA had everything to do with federal government spending and who is eligible to receive what from the Federal government. I´m all for criticizing entitlements from a libertarian standpoint, but the federal government, including the Congress and the President had every right to pass DOMA to define the parameters of the spending our money.
Steyn´s point is well taken and Kennedy´s calling all proponents of DOMA as essentially crazy bigots is disgusting and offensive.
Isn´t part of the problem the multitude of Federal statutes, especially tax-related, dealing with institution of Marriage?
Marriage is not unique to the West, to any particular "religious" group, nor to the Christian era or any other! You will find in the material evidence of archaeology various rituals or articles relating to the special relationship between a Man and a Woman.
Societies have had an interest in regulating in some way, protecting, the institution of Marriage, for the sake of the Family.
The Family has always been fundamental --and foundational-- to every group, small or large, village or city or nation.
Only when a society becomes really corrupt do we see the obliteration of the Family. Some generalizations here for the sake of space, but the truth is that the health and welfare of Marriage and the Family are essential for the prosperity and stability of civilization.
The nine Justices of the US Supreme Court are a big time chick in the armor of federal checks and balances. If Hillary Clinton gets elected in 2016 and stays eight years, probably then followed as President by another progressive, the nine Justices of the Supreme Court will most likely all be liberals, who would essentially make whatever Republicans who survive in the Congress, and the States, pretty much irrelevant to questioning what will be an ongoing centrally run socialist transformation of America.
There is a long tradition of marriage being between a man and a woman from pre-Christian times in certain cultures, but not all. It was the Judeo-Christian tradition of Europe that gave the stability and rule of law which led to modernity and success. The no-nothing liberals are deliberately tearing down stability, prosperity, and liberty stemming from it, whether marriage or any other corruption of our culture. This comes from a non-churchgoing student of history. Learn from history or live a life of misery and degradation.
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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
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The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters: