Foes of gay-marriage scrambling for a response after series of setbacks in federal courts

  • Article by: DAVID A. LIEB , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 12:57 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Opponents of same-sex marriage are scrambling to find effective responses, in Congress and state legislatures, to a rash of court rulings that would force some of America's most conservative states to accept gay nuptials.

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wisebookFeb. 15, 1410:32 AM

Sorry but the opponents of gay marriage are on the wrong side of history. However people may feel about gay marriage personally, most of us just don't want government interfering in our personal lives. Interesting that a segment of the Republican party does not believe in the call for "less government interference in people's lives" that many Republicans espouse.

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guffmanFeb. 15, 14 2:31 PM

Opponents of redefining marriage (I am one) have nothing but history on their side, sorry to correct you. From the earliest recorded history until a few years ago, there was marriage between a man and a woman. This produced offspring and allowed a society to survive by replenishing population to stay equal with death rate(maintain) or in excess of death rate to grow. Only when government got involved in marriage has there been strife. I'm all for getting government OUT of the marriage business (where they have NO business) and return this institution to the churches, where this tradition was born. This has always been about people wanting to redefine terms. There is nothing that prevents one from living with whomever one wishes. Marriage began as a religious ceremony, following precepts of teachings of that church. There never was "gay marriage". Sorry - you're just plain wrong.

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goferfanzFeb. 15, 14 3:15 PM

No, the courts mandating this folly will further divide America, just as Roe v Wade did before this. It's something the states should settle individually, but since America is sliding into oblivion, and largely from its out-of-control courts.....what's one more silly move by activist judges? It wont matter, and China, Russia, et al will soon be eating our lunch!

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windigolakeFeb. 15, 14 3:18 PM

guffman: " From the earliest recorded history until a few years ago, there was marriage between a man and a woman." ======= Historically, there have been arranged marriages, shotgun marriages, marriages where the daughter was sold to the highest bidder, marriages with multiple spouses (usually one man and multiple women), marriages between two people who never met each other before their wedding. Marriage was seldom as it has come to mean in America: two adults falling in love and committing their lives to each other before family, friends and society. The fact that it is more often people of different genders is not relevant to the institution of marriage. Nor is the production of offspring, as there are tens of millions of married couples in America who have produced no children at all, and many gay couples who have produced children through artificial insemination or who, actually adopt children rather than add to the population problem. So all the historical claptrap you refer to is archaic and not all what marriage is truly about. Sorry, but you're the one who's wrong on this one, as we see state after state recognizing marriage equality for all adults.

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orpheus90Feb. 15, 14 3:28 PM

guffman writes: Only when government got involved in marriage has there been strife... You mean like passage of DOMA? Problem is, Guffman, people like you have no trouble allowing government to get involved so long as they're acting to suppress and deny the rights of people you don't like. Your ethics when it comes to government involvement are situational at best. And incidentally, if you think getting government out of marriage and mandating marriage as a purely religious matter solves the problem, well, keep in mind, there are plenty of churches happily willing to marry same sex couples. So what then? Bring government back in to tell churches they can't marry SS couples?

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quinnerooFeb. 15, 14 3:40 PM

"I only promote and perform traditional marriages. ... It's is not because there is any bigotry. It's because I deeply care about people." ............So you don't deeply care about SOME loving people who want to get married, Rep. Steve Hickey, or aren't they 'people' to you? And why do you get to pick and choose? Did God tell you to?

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friartuckFeb. 15, 14 3:46 PM

As long as we're in the correcting mood, marriage was not born in the churches, but as a way for tribes to define and organize bloodlines, primarily to handle the granting of property rights and other inheritance. Prior to that, tribes typically were free to "intermingle" freely and all children were offspring of the tribe as a whole. Nobles and religious leaders took the practice of marriage and made it a cornerstone of their plan to organize and subdue the masses.

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friartuckFeb. 15, 14 3:53 PM

Also find it interesting that opponents of gay marriage want the goverment out of the marriage business, but only when they are protecting the rights of same sex couples to marry. When it comes to constitutional amendments and state laws that exclude gay marriage (call it protecting traditional marriage if it makes you feel better), they are all for getting the government involved. Comical hypocricy.

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thorc1Feb. 15, 14 3:58 PM

Keep passing unconstitutional constitutional amendments and federal judges will keep overturning them. Same sex marriage is clearly a civil liberty that can't be legislated or constitutionally amended away.

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zyxwvuFeb. 15, 14 4:17 PM

"""Most of the bills aim to protect individuals or businesses who, for religious reasons, don't want to serve same-sex couples.""""......insert african american in place of same-sex couples and tell me how that bill would look? no real difference here...

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