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AP: Court Ruling Won’t End Gay Marriage Debate

From a worried Associated Press:

However court rules, gay marriage debate won’t end

By DAVID CRARY | March 28, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — However the Supreme Court rules after its landmark hearings on same-sex marriage, the issue seems certain to divide Americans and states for many years to come.

In oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday on two cases involving gay couples’ rights, the justices left open multiple options for rulings that are expected in June. But they signaled there was no prospect of imposing a 50-state solution at this stage. With nine states now allowing same-sex marriages and other states banning them via statutes or constitutional amendments, that means a longer spell with a patchwork marriage-rights map — and no early end to bruising state-by-state battles in the courts, in the legislatures and at the ballot box.

No matter how the Court rules, even if it gives the Left everything it wants, this will turn out to be another Roe v. Wade. And there will be arguments about it for the rest of time.

Which is why such matters should be decided in the legislature, by votes from our elected representatives.

A decade ago, opponents of same-sex marriage were lobbying for a nationwide ban on gay nuptials. They now seem resigned to the reality of a divided nation in which the debate will continue to splinter families, church congregations and communities…

Oh, the humanity. There is nothing worse than splinters.

By contrast, supporters of same-sex marriage believe a nationwide victory is inevitable, though perhaps not imminent. Many of them see merit in continuing an incremental hearts-and-minds campaign, given that many opinion polls now show a majority of Americans supporting their cause…

Who is to say that ten years from the now the positions won’t flip back the other way? (And who really believes that opinions have flipped so much lately, anyway?)

Even if the Supreme Court shies away for now from any broad ruling in favor of marriage rights for gay couples, its decisions in June could produce major gains for gay-rights activists.

So the AP is not giving up all hope.

In one case, the justices could strike down a section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that denies legally married same-sex couples a host of federal benefits available to straight married couples. In the other, concerning California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure banning same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court could leave in place a lower court ruling striking down the ban. That would add the most populous state to the ranks of those already recognizing gay marriages: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington, plus the District of Columbia.

With California included, that group would account for about 28 percent of the U.S. population…

Yippee!

Meanwhile, legislative efforts to legalize same-sex marriage are under way in Illinois, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Delaware, and lawsuits by gay couples seeking marriage rights have been filed in several other states. In Oregon, gay-rights activists hope to place a measure on next year’s ballot that would overturn a ban on gay marriage approved by voters in 2004. Legislators in Nevada are debating a bill that could lead to repeal of a similar ban there…

It’s a stampede! (But this is not quite the way the news was reported back when every state voted against same sex marriage in landslide votes.)

Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, on his show Wednesday, suggested the spread of same-sex marriage was indeed inevitable. He cited signs of increasing divisions among Republicans on the issue.

"Whether it happens now at the Supreme Court or somehow later, it is going to happen," Limbaugh said. "It’s just the direction the culture is heading. … The opposition that you would suspect exists is in the process of crumbling on it."

If it is all so inevitable, then why do we need the Supreme Court to make it happen? The AP tells us:

In any case, it’s unlikely that some of the most conservative states — those that adopted gay-marriage bans by overwhelming margins — will recognize same-sex marriages unless forced to by the courts…

"Conservative states" like California?

Anyway, it’s those damn ‘bitter clingers’ again. ‘Clinging to their guns and their religion.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP: Court Ruling Won’t End Gay Marriage Debate”

  1. Sell, of course not. When they succeed and we’re all ‘gay’ … it’ll be something new and different we don’t want

    Like, aluminum foil condoms

  2. Sell? sell?,. WTH did I type …

  3. Kytross

    I love the picture. Indeed, he has bet his very soul that “hell is fabulous.” Unfortunately for him it is not. I pray he sees the light.

    This nation desparately needs revival.


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