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    Re: New Hampshire to vote on gay marriage repeal

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    God willing we will never defile the name of Holy Matrimony for SSM
    Marriage was never originally about the church. The church didn't even start getting into marriage until 1563. A mere 449 years ago. Which is less time than when Columbus first discovered the America's in 1492.
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    Re: New Hampshire to vote on gay marriage repeal

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    I am not really talking about them..............I am talking about the "Feel Good Liberals" that stick their nose in where its not wanted..............What is ironic if you did not practice your in your face militancy which turns off a lot of people that might be sympathetic to your cause.........
    I don't see you offering the LGBT community anything better than the Liberals. At least libertarians have "live and let live". The Conservative mantra is, "Why can't dem gays go back into the closet?"
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    Re: New Hampshire to vote on gay marriage repeal

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    And of course you have never criticized me right........Do you know what a HYPOCRITE is? Look in the mirror...........
    Did I ever say in that post that I didn't criticize you? Don't put words in my mouth Navy; I'll just spit them right back in your face.
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    Re: New Hampshire to vote on gay marriage repeal

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Funny how you refuse to address the point that many states had laws against interracial marriage in the 1960s and they were voted on in the proper way.
    I was unaware of that. Which states put it on their ballots to let the voters in their states vote?

    In fact, many polls from that time period showed that many felt that interracial marriage should be against the law.
    A poll is not a vote.

    If there would have been a complete voter referendum, as is being called for now in almost every state, on whether to allow/ban interracial marriage, it likely would have been the will of the majority to continue to ban interracial marriages, particularly in the South.
    In other words the people did not vote.

    The SCOTUS stepped in via Loving v VA and struck down interracial marriage laws. This is likely what will eventually happen with state laws banning same sex marriage since the only difference is that instead of the characteristic the restriction is based on being race it is now sex.
    I suppose the difference is that we have had votes to express the will of the people and the people have said no. To hold a vote and then overturn the express will of the people through the courts does harm to the courts, the state and the people. it lessens the legitimacy of the courts and the state in the eyes of the people.

    That is absolutely why we have a US Constitution in the first place. To try to ensure the majority cannot vote away rights of minority groups.
    Well, no. The Constitution is not there to make sure that the will of he people can be overturned by a court. It is there to limit the power of the state.

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    Re: New Hampshire to vote on gay marriage repeal

    Quote Originally Posted by cmakaioz View Post
    U.S. and state electoral contests are not majoritarian, but plurality votes. An electoral candidate or ballot initiative need not obtain explicit majority support, and no effort is made to assess whether or not majority support has been obtained or not.
    Hmmm. Gay marriage, yes or no. Two options. One side wins. The other side loses. The side with the most cast votes wins. The other side does not. I believe you are simply wrong.

    Governments deal in laws, not mores.
    Therefore what? Do you think that means the people do not get to choose their mores? In matters like this which comes first? Do the customs people prefer to live within come first or do laws?

    Obviously, popular mores can and do influence policy, but they are not policy.
    Obviously.


    As for determining the laws of their state, as things currently stand the voters of a state do NOT actually have a legal right to set any law they wish; there are still substantial constraints on which legislation they may propose, and how they may go about supporting it.
    First, why not? Second, if the sovereign people are not the source of the laws what entity is? If the source of the state's power is not derived from the willing consent of the governed what is the point of maintaining the government? Has it not become tyrannical? If the people are voting then the state is compelled to listen to the votes results. The losing side will have to continue to change the hearts and minds of enough citizens to win the next time the voters choose.


    ...The plain fact of the matter is that heterosexuals have their marriages recognized by law, and homosexuals do not. UNLIKE discrimination in early childhood education (for example, you're not allowed to work with young children if convicted of certain offenses), there is NO RATIONAL BASIS for legally recognizing the marriages of hetero couples while denying such recognition to homosexual couples. There is no grounds for LEGAL policy justification for recognizing hetero marriages which doesn't apply just as well to homosexual marriages.
    Those are good arguments to change the minds of the people. They are not good arguments for overturning the peoples' votes.


    That's incredibly arrogant, entitled, and easy to say when you can take for granted what others must struggle for. Segregationist "whites" said the same thing of equal legal rights for people of color, i.e. Oh Just Wait and Make Your Case...
    Huh? If the people don't get to decide then who does? What makes a person wearing a black robe the arbiter over the millions of voters? The arrogance is in overturning the expressed will of the people. We are citizens, not subjects. The state is our servant, not our master.

    HELL NO. Justice deferred is justice denied.
    That would make a good bumper sticker.

    More to the point, the notion that politically vulnerable groups (whether numerically minor or not) must wait around for equality to come from the eventual enlightenment and change in attitudes among a privileged population completely ignores the fact that the privileged group has no substantive stake in the matter. It costs hetero couples nothing to have homosexual marriages legally recognized, while it costs homosexual couples denied recognition quite a lot: socially, financially, and legally.
    All groups are politically vulnerable. I would predict on this phrase alone that you are a liberal. Liberals divide people into groups. Citizens are individuals. Voters clearly believe they have a stake in the outcome or the vote would have had a different outcome. If not the citizens then who should get to decide?

    So if a plurality of voters wants something -- no matter how LITTLE or even nonexistent a stake they have in the matter -- you're OK with making that the prevailing policy?
    How else would things be decided? Shall we return to trial by combat? Of course I am okay with the way the voters vote. It is the best way decide how we are to live.

    For example, let's say the state you live in proposes a ballot initiative which bans you, specifically, from all auto travel. The only car ride you're allowed to have is in a squad car if you get arrested. Let's say it turns out many people (or at least enough to soundly achieve victory in the initiative process) are dead set in favor of the law. Are you truly OK with that?!? You don't see anything wrong with it?
    What a silly argument. That sort of argument will change no one's mind.
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    Re: New Hampshire to vote on gay marriage repeal

    I am a Constitution Guy. I believe in it, support it, and defend it with vigor.
    IMHO the 14th very clearly covers SSM rights.
    Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
    This is not a 10th amendment issue as long as Federal Income Taxes have a block for "MARRIED".

    Take away the tax break for "Married Filing Jointly" and the ability to claim a spouse as a dependant: and then we can discuss it on a States Rights level.
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    Re: New Hampshire to vote on gay marriage repeal

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    I am not really talking about them..............I am talking about the "Feel Good Liberals" that stick their nose in where its not wanted..............What is ironic if you did not practice your in your face militancy which turns off a lot of people that might be sympathetic to your cause.........
    It is rather hypocritical to condemn them....while participating and supporting the big government/big brother right-wingers that feel the need to CONSTANTLY stick their noses where it not only is not wanted, but also they have no business. It is the big government right wing social agenda that turns off a lot of people.
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    Re: New Hampshire to vote on gay marriage repeal

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiefgator View Post
    I am a Constitution Guy. I believe in it, support it, and defend it with vigor.
    IMHO the 14th very clearly covers SSM rights.

    "Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."


    This is not a 10th amendment issue as long as Federal Income Taxes have a block for "MARRIED".

    Take away the tax break for "Married Filing Jointly" and the ability to claim a spouse as a dependant: and then we can discuss it on a States Rights level.
    Do you then agree that I have the right to carry my concealed weapon authorized by my state into every other state in the nation?

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    Re: New Hampshire to vote on gay marriage repeal

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    We have been through this a dozen times but take your ass to some black church on Sunday morning and ask them what they think about gay marriage if you have the guts...........
    No one is claiming that blacks can't be just as bigoted and homophobic as the next guy. Thank GOD however, that the vast majority of the people in this country have come around and the old bigoted views of the past are dying out. Every day the numbers turns against you and your ilk navy. Look at where the numbers were even 5 years ago to where they are today. Today, the majority of people in this country are in favor of same sex marriage. You can continue to cling onto your hopes, but gay marriage is inevitable, so I suggest that you get used to it, very very soon. The people of this great country are not going to allow the bigots of this world to hold onto one of the last bastions of discrimination and injustice. America, may not always be quick to get it right, but eventually always comes around.
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    Re: New Hampshire to vote on gay marriage repeal

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    Do you then agree that I have the right to carry my concealed weapon authorized by my state into every other state in the nation?
    Absolutely
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