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    Re: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Yeah, because turning the 66% of voters that voted to put traditional marriage as the definition of marriage for their state into second class citizens and saying their right to vote and the states ability to define marriage for itself made an "irrational" decision is "cool."

    It's not cool, it's sick and such a massive injustice against freedom and human rights. Regardless of your stance on SSM, this is wrong on so many levels.
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    So if 66% of voters vote that homosexuals cannot own property, cannot attend heterosexual-only universities/schools, are not allowed to drive automobiles or be out after dark, then it would be a "massive injustice against freedom and human rights" if a court overturned that vote because it was unconstitutional?

    See, we are not a pure democracy for a reason, and the primary reason is so that the majority of people cannot get together and vote away human rights from the minority. The constitution prohibits this, and those 66% of voters who tried to do just that are basically **** out of luck.
    Hey Digsbe, instead of making that same drive-by ad nauseam, how about you actually respond to posts like DiAnna for a change?

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    Re: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Yeah, because turning the 66% of voters that voted to put traditional marriage as the definition of marriage for their state into second class citizens and saying their right to vote and the states ability to define marriage for itself made an "irrational" decision is "cool."

    It's not cool, it's sick and such a massive injustice against freedom and human rights. Regardless of your stance on SSM, this is wrong on so many levels.
    And the poor white racists that were for Separate But Equal suffered a sick and massive injustice too... huh? No, the decision to over turn the 66%'s bigotry and lust for discrimination is what is good. What is sick is the bigotry... ****ing disgusting actually.
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    Re: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony60 View Post
    All well and good, but I don't like being called a bigot because I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.
    If you don't like it then don't express bigoted opinions... pretty simple.

    And on a different level, it is an atrocious abuse of states rights when a federal judge's single opinion overturns the decision made by the people of that state. It's not slavery, no one is being forced to hand their life over to someone else.
    Rights are being denied. I assume that you think that the Plessy (1896) Decision was a good one?

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    Well, you can call me a bigot if you want, which is wrong, and in my opinion, lacking any intelligence.
    No. It is accurate and intelligent to label a bigot as a bigot.
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    Re: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    Several times I mentioned the Perry case and what Judge Walker said in it. It does not surprise me that you don't know that, as you appear to ignore that which you don't want to hear.

    And no, the courts I quoted are not simply saying homosexuals are being discriminated against. The courts are saying, specifically, contrary to what you said, that the state laws prevent them from marrying. It is you who is being dishonest.

    Yeah, there's no further point to this. Believe whatever you want; you'll still be wrong. Why it's so important to you to BE wrong, I will never understand.
    This isn't true. The laws do not prevent all homosexuals from marrying. The laws prevent specific homosexual couples from being able to get legally married. Some homosexuals could still get married despite the laws if they wish to marry someone of the opposite sex, no matter that other person's sexuality. Individually, no homosexuals are denied marriage. Homosexual, same sex couples are being denied marriage by the bans though, just as any heterosexual, same sex couples are also denied marriage by those laws. There is no test for love or even sexual attraction when it comes to legal marriage, just a desire to be married and meeting certain criteria. The "criteria" however needs to have a legitimate state interest being furthered in order to stand up to review.
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    Re: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Doesn't matter. Unconstitutional is unconstitutional. Doesn't matter if 100% of the voters support it.

    but it's still surprising that a judge in Utah would make the decision. Utah republicans had previously given this judge high praise when appointed.
    Actually, this is only true to a point. While I am completely against any such steps (and anyone on here knows I am a strong supporter of same sex marriage), it would not be unconstitutional to change the Constitution (US Constitution) to limit marriage to only a man and a woman. This would take about 2/3 to 3/4 (I put a range because it wouldn't be a direct vote) of the voters (by way of their representatives, both in Congress and the states) to achieve. Now, having said this, it is highly improbable that this amount of votes (either through direct votes or representatives) will be gained in the foreseeable future, since it was even tried in the early 2000s with Bush still in office and failed back then (I'm not even sure they had enough support really while Clinton was in office considering they went for DOMA rather than pushing for an Amendment).
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    Re: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony60 View Post
    "LOL", really? So you think that a court case is somehow written into the Constitution? That's just sad.
    In essence, until a SCOTUS ruling is overturned by another ruling or change to a law it addressed or change to the Constitution itself, the ruling is part of the Constitution or at least how the Constitution is interpreted. It is called precedent, and it is a major component of what every student of law learns about during their first years. There is no actual written law that says that police officers cannot shoot an unarmed (not considered dangerous) suspect while he is fleeing. But Tennessee v Garner decision says this and all law enforcement officers are bound by this decision.
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    Re: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by scatt View Post
    Gays can marry in every single state, just the majority of those states do not recognize that marriage.
    The entire point is legal recognition of the marriage because that is where the rights associated with marriage come in, including the most important one to most people, the right to be viewed as legal family of a spouse, the right to be viewed as a spouse to that person. Most other rights when it comes to marriage come from that first one and marriage is the only thing that grants "spousehood" legally.
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    Re: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    The entire point is legal recognition of the marriage because that is where the rights associated with marriage come in, including the most important one to most people, the right to be viewed as legal family of a spouse, the right to be viewed as a spouse to that person. Most other rights when it comes to marriage come from that first one and marriage is the only thing that grants "spousehood" legally.
    There is no right to be viewed a certain way.

    Is there some law that decides who can visit in hospitals, and if so how is this not a problem of the state?

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    Re: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Actually, this is only true to a point. While I am completely against any such steps (and anyone on here knows I am a strong supporter of same sex marriage), it would not be unconstitutional to change the Constitution (US Constitution) to limit marriage to only a man and a woman. This would take about 2/3 to 3/4 (I put a range because it wouldn't be a direct vote) of the voters (by way of their representatives, both in Congress and the states) to achieve. Now, having said this, it is highly improbable that this amount of votes (either through direct votes or representatives) will be gained in the foreseeable future, since it was even tried in the early 2000s with Bush still in office and failed back then (I'm not even sure they had enough support really while Clinton was in office considering they went for DOMA rather than pushing for an Amendment).
    And since the 14th amendment has yet to be repealed, the law in question violates the constitution. You definitely aren't getting sufficient votes to repeal the 14th.
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    Re: Federal judge strikes down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Yes, they can. They just cannot discriminate against protected classes. We offer benefits for state workers that we do not offer to all, we offer the priviledge of driving to some and restrict who gets to drive, and on and on.
    They cannot discriminate without a valid reason that has to do in some way with a state's interest. The people/person being discriminated against determines how closely related to and how important that state interest must be, but it does not have to be a specifically listed protected class to be protected against discrimination.
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