"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
The only problem with the Federal role that I can see is the Federal courts are requiring states to recognize SSM. I understand you might not agree with some Courts' decisions about that, but it simply IS a legitimate function of the Federal courts to rule on such matters. I'm assuming you recognize the authority of the courts to strike down miscegenation laws that prohibited some marriages of straight couples? I hope so, and if you do, you recognize the Federal courts have a role in marriage, you just don't agree with their decisions. That's different than claiming they have no role.
I had a meeting down town Cincinnati with some attorneys on a matter and we parked under Fountain Square. The square was packed with gay rights advocates-the Federal Courthouse is one block east of Fountain Square. Oral Arguments normally are limited to 15 minutes a side but apparently this consolidated argument went north of three hours. The local news is carrying extended coverage-from gay couples and their advocates such as well known civil rights advocate/attorney Alphonse Gehardstein (one of the best trial attorneys in the area) to representatives of the various state governments who argued against the gay marriage position.
DAUGHTREY are the Judges
Cook and Sutton are Bush appointees while Martha Craig Daughtery is a Clinton appointee. Sutton is widely regarded as one of the two brightest judges on the Sixth Circuit and until he voted to uphold Obama Care he was a leading candidate for the USSC the next time a GOP president takes office. Another Michigan appointee, Raymond Kethledge has surpassed judge Sutton in some circles as the leading light on the court but Sutton is brilliant and is hard to pigeonhole. Cook is a more reliable GOP vote
Martha Craig Daughtrey is a pretty solid judge who is in her early 70s/ One expects she would vote in favor to sustain the district courts' decisions striking down gay marriage bans
Sutton has a well known reputation for lively engagement of counsel during oral arguments but he is unfailingly polite and not known for berating counsel. He sometimes goes off on a tangent he finds intellectually intriguing. Cook is a bit more passive and tends to ask straightforward questions when needed. I have argued before Cook (2X) and Daughtrey (3X). All I remember from Daughtrey was calling out opposing counsel when he misrepresented the holding of one of her prior decisions
One of you will end up here next!
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
As to that last, it's the throw in of "other characteristics" that doesn't work. I like living in a state with no sales tax, so I do. It's one of the wonders of being a union of states. There will be enough states that do license homosexual marriage.
AND as enumerated in the US Constitution what happens to all those rights not enumerated in the US Constitution? That's right, they fall to the state and the people.