Social media buzz: Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, voting rights
Two issues that got USA TODAY Opinion readers talking this week involved a pair of ideologically opposing Supreme Court decisions. A liberal ruling overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, while a conservative ruling overturned Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.
- Since we live in a Constitutional republic, this means the power of all forms of governance, including that of direct democracy through ballot initiatives is limited when it runs afoul of the Constitution. When there is a conflict between the Constitution and state law, I would expect people sworn to uphold the law to abide by the Constitution first and state law second.
- Marriage: The formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife. Where do you find gay, same sex, homosexual or lesbian in that definition. It doesn't say husband and husband or wife and wife. It will never be a marriage, it should always be a civil union with the same benefits and penalties of a married couple. PERIOD!
- Striking down DOMA has nothing to do with gay rights. It has to do with STATE RIGHTS ! The implication of DOMA was to say that Federal Government could ignore legitimate state laws, any time they chose. This ruling is huge in once again reinforcing states ability to enact laws and requiring Federal Government to recognise them.
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