Thursday, June 27, 2013

Gay marriage

Well the Supreme court ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional.  And what happened: NOTHING.  The sun came up this morning, the earth was NOT knocked out of its orbit, the moon did not crash into the earth. The gates of hell did not open up (although with temperatures hitting 120 here in Chandler, it may seem like it).

As a libertarian, I have always believed that what a person does with their body is there business.  You own your body.  I have never understood why sex, an act that takes place between 2 people (or more for those folks interested in that sort of thing) should be the subject of scrutiny by millions.  All consenting adult have the right to make their own decisions regarding their own sexual activities.

Of course the conservative groups are unhappy about the ruling.  Like liberals, these groups want to control people's lives.  They say gay marriage is immoral and attacks traditional marriage (hence the name of "Defense of Marriage Act").  Why is gay marriage wrong and the Kardashian's 72 day long marriage or Britney Spears and Jason Alexander 55 hour long marriage not morally wrong?  Or a divorce rate of 50%?

What the supreme court struck down was now the federal government can no longer deny federal benefits from same sex couples.  They can receive social security benefits, file taxes jointly, etc.  12 states now recognize same sex marriages.  This is going to pose a problem, you see in Article IV, Section 1 of the United States Constitution their is a clause called the Full Faith and Credit Clause and this clause says that all of the states must respect "public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state."  This is why if you and your sweetie decide to elope to Las Vegas, your marriage is recognized in all the other states.

So if a same sex couple gets married in one state that recognizes gay marriage and then move to another that does not, that state may have recognize their marriage.  I see this issue coming before Supreme court again.

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