U.S. Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, November 30, 2012

Opponents of Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage bill, hold signs outside of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on February 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Getty)

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and Political Gabfest Radio panelist, discusses the same-sex marriage cases the U.S. Supreme Court is considering hearing--and what we should know about them.


Emily Bazelon

Comments [9]


As a human being I suggest that Life is short, U just go on enjoy, Everybody are free to do what ever they like but matured person,If anybody want to marry with anybody don;t don't curse LET IT BE..& OBAMA ALSO FAVORS IT ..

Dec. 01 2012 03:01 AM
Matt Sahlgren from Michigan

It is NOT the same as Roe vs. Wade. Roe V Wade is a different animal entirely and we should not ever entertain the notion that it is similar. RVW is about when life begins. If anyone equates THAT with whom one chooses to have sex with... well, that person needs to seriously evaluate what they find important in this world.
Simply, every American knows there is nothing inherently wrong with homosexuality. You may not like it. You may not be able to relate to it. But, in any strict OR any broad interpretation of the American Dream, or the Bill of Rights, it is NEVER allowable to deny basic rights and dignity to citizens based on who they choose to love. It doesn't matter if it's the same sex, a different religion, or a different ethnic group. Again, you may not like it; it may disgust you, but that's YOUR problem. If you deny one group (oh, lets say GAYS) the rights & economic advantages straight-marriages enjoy; whats legally wrong with a Catholic mayor, governor or president would deny the rights of a Lutheran marriage? Or a black/white marriage? Don't worry about the guy in Tennessee marrying his horse (which is legal, as long as the horse is male), worry about the narrow-minded guy you just voted for who happens to hate the Dutch or Jews. THAT's what you've gotta look out for. There is no "gay conspiracy", but there IS a narrow-minded, "make everybody like me" conspiracy. I see that all the time.

Dec. 01 2012 02:35 AM

Who in this world has the right to decide what's morally right? We either scrap what God says or scrap the belief that God exists. If we scrap that He exists, then who has the authority to decide what's morally right and acceptable? If there is no God, there is no right or wrong! If there is no right or wrong, then lets open the prisons and shut 'em down for who has the right to declare right and wrong?
The reason most reject what the Bible truly says about this subject is because it gives God the place of all authority over our lives. The reason true Christianity is rejected by most is because it declares that Jesus is the only way to the Father and eternal life. It is not religion that man rejects, it is the authoritative words of Jesus. He declares Himself to be the Son of God and declares that He is the only way, the only truth, and the only life.
We need not be suprised by the rejection of Christ's authority, He Himself said this would happen. He even told His disciples in their day that when people rejected their message, that it was not they that were being rejected, but Him.
Every great and powerful nation that has known peace and prosperity has destroyed itself from within. I promise you, America will never know real peace and prosperity again until we come back to our foundation, A Fear and Respect of the God of the Bible!

Dec. 01 2012 02:19 AM
John A.

It can be argued that an overindulgent society is one that sinks itself, EG through under taxation or federal funding for nonessentials, but Ed, no-one is going to see your point that way.

Nov. 30 2012 11:38 AM
Ian from Northern New Jersey

Is Ed from Larchmont channeling Jerry Falwell or just connecting the dots in a dark room?

But seriously:

This past election was a nice (baby) step forward for Gay Rights on the state level, but how long should we, as a nation, be forced to allow bigotry to be sanctioned/disallowed on a state-by-state level?

Get rid of DOMA, it is a national embarrassment, and get a ruling through the supreme court which doesn't allow a minority to be trampled upon. In some cases the states can not be trusted to ensure the equal protection/rights of all, how many Americans must live their entire lives as second-class-citizens before the Court acts?

Nov. 30 2012 10:27 AM
Attorney from Manhattan

Yes!- Full Faith and Credit. The country has to come up with a comprehensive federal marriage scheme; states can't be doing their own thing piecemeal. It creates a bureaucratic nightmare.

Why is government in the marriage business anyway? It's ridiculous. We should all get to designate one partner -- call it whatever you want -- to share benefits/tax filing with, be it a man, a woman, your mom, your aunt, whatever.

Nov. 30 2012 10:26 AM
John A.

So, they're mandating man-dating? (apologies)

Nov. 30 2012 10:25 AM

Article. IV.
Section. 1.

Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

Using the logic Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito routinely use, DOMA is unconstitutional.

Nov. 30 2012 10:13 AM
Ed from Larchmont

It's a parallel to the Roe v. Wade case, the federal court might over-ride all state decisions. And if so, it will be as great a disaster. New York almost went bankcrupt after 1973, and had terrible crime.

One might have thought that Katrina (New Orleans) and Sandy (New York) might have gotten the message across that same sex marriage isn't a good idea. (Sandy arrived right as the country voted for people who support same sex marriage, and hit downtown NY.) San Francisco is the only one left.

Nov. 30 2012 05:43 AM

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