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Marriage and Other Gay Rights
William Eskridge, law professor at Yale and author of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws In America, talks about yesterday's ruling in Boston that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and other gay marriage cases making news.
I certainly *hope* these are the "last days"...of the blinding darkness in which most of mankind have had to live. Once we get beyond vile tribal prejudices against the consensual exercise of free will, maybe we can get to belief in spirits, gods, and weird notions like "nations", "property", "authority", "death is just a part of life", "a deteriorating old age is inevitable", and "scarcity and toil are good for you".
We are the happiest form of matter, or could be, once we'd got our act together about controlling matter, our own and external.
I always said this was about benefits!
The entire system needs to be overhauled. Do not think that assimilation fixes things. Marriage itself is not based on equality. All individual rights need to be secured, and then people can do as they please.
I support gay marriage but do not support the idea that the tax code should favor couples of whatever gender or orientation over single people. Tax code should be applied equally to all people regardless of their marriage status!
Please do do (as you mentioned on air earlier in response to caller) a separate segment on financial/tax benefits married couples enjoy that single people are denied.
It's time to make marriage ILLEGAL already! God Bless Brave New World! "Everyone belongs to Everyone!" No one "owns" anybody!
I agree with the caller that the vast majority of drift of marriage away from the goals the laws tried to center in on in tha past is the 'fault' of all society and not a problem specifically with gays at all.
The end of days must be near. MC made a comment that I agree with!
Won't we eventually have to challenge that states MUST recognize the marriage contract due to the Full Faith and Credit clause?
Fingers crossed that one day I'll be able to give my wonderful partner a greencard.
Each state should be forced to recognize a legal document from another state. The question is did they change the definition? an Example if a state allowed a person to register a tank by calling it a car,can you drive it in another state?
Even some evil Neocons oppose DOMA.It's time for marriage equality already!!
While there are some 1100 rights denied same-sex couples the biggest is spousal sponsorship. Because of DOMA gay couples are not allowed to sponsor their foreign national partners. This is a FEDERAL issue not a state one.
The court ruling did not say that same sex couples had the right to marry; it didn't say that same sex couples should get benefits in states where it isn't legal; it did say that 'married' same sex couples in states where it is legal should get the same benefits as married couples. Seems like one would have to make this ruling.
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