It's about equal protection under the law - in this case, protecting the rights of individuals who by any other name are living in a "common-law committed relationship" being denied their right to receive the same legal benefits as any other straight married couple. Convoluting the problem is the fact that "marriage" is a legal practice regulated (licensed) by the states, but the protections afforded to all married couples whether state-licensed or common-law recognized is adhered to by the federal government.
Last edited by Objective Voice; 10-14-14 at 03:13 PM.
"A fair exchange ain't no robbery." Tupac Shakur w/Digital Underground
One of you will end up here next!
1. Interracial marriage wasn't listed specifically in the Constitution, how'd that turn out for Texas that barred interracial marriage?
2. Again are you of the opinion that a right must be enumerated in the Constitution to be held by the people?
3. You realize that a Federal requirement for equal protection and due process IS in the Constitution right?