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1 theheat  Aug 7, 2010 1:56:27pm
then the only alternative left to us is to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman

That pesky Constitution again. The religious right would like to retool the parts, as long as it suits their world view. Rights for all is a real sticky point for them.

2 Jaerik  Aug 7, 2010 7:29:56pm

Passing an amendment to the US Constitution is logistically impossible. You need 2/3’s majorities in both houses of Congress and in 3/4’s of the states. Opinions on gay marriage are pretty regional so this will never happen.

3 SanFranciscoZionist  Aug 7, 2010 10:38:41pm

“Armageddon for religious liberty”. I’ve never understood people who think religious liberty means having their religious opinions enshrined in law.

4 'K.'  Aug 8, 2010 1:50:11pm

Gay marriage isn’t an issue I would go into the ring over, but I can’t favor it. It’s hard to see a federal marriage amendment passing in the near future, but the real question is why you would need a three-fourths majority to stop judges from overriding settled law with novel interpretations of the Constitution. I don’t think we need a federal marriage amendment; I think judges just have too much power.

5 Locker  Aug 8, 2010 3:43:47pm

It’s not “settled law” since it got thrown out under judicial review. Perhaps you should educate yourself on how our system of government works before you start this “judges have too much power” bullshit. The decision this is based on was in 1806 and we are a Republic not a straight democracy. If you don’t support it then you don’t support or even understand how our country works.

6 Steve Dutch  Aug 10, 2010 2:46:06pm

The Constitution allows Congress to exempt specific topics from judicial review, which has actually been done in the case of no-knock drug searches and construction of the Alaska pipeline. So since Repubs controlled Congress from 1994 to 2006, why didn’t they deal with gay marriage that way? Or for that matter, abortion? Because those issues keep the far right base reliably stirred up and ready to vote, mayhap?

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