View Poll Results: Should civil unions replace marriage for legal purposes?

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  • The term civil union should replace the term marriage for legal purposes

    15 22.73%
  • Both terms, civil union (for gay couples)and marriage (for straight), should be used

    25 37.88%
  • The term marriage should be use equally for gay and straight couples

    21 31.82%
  • Gay couples should not be able to have the rights of marriage at all.

    5 7.58%
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    Re: Civil Unions

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    And it has nothing at all to do with the point I was making. They mite, so what? I am talking about the way it stands now.

    Your response was the equivalent of: "Well wait until my big brother gets here!" nothing more.
    If something is obviously unconstitutional that is an argument against it. For example this would be a way to make a legal argument against slavery in America besides the various moral arguments you could make against it.
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    Re: Civil Unions

    Quote Originally Posted by YamiB. View Post
    How do amendments not apply? The whole point of them is that they are the highest laws of the land.
    They do not apply in this situation.

    Are any of you really reading this stuff? Or are you just browsing over and coming to stupid conclusions?

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    Also I believe you were saying previously that marriage is a religious institution in America, which is demonstrably false based on the fact that atheists and mixed religion couples can be married.
    No I did not.

    Quote Originally Posted by YamiB. View Post
    The legal definition of marriage is not in anyway Christian, the marriage practiced in churches are Christian and they differ from denomination to denomination but they are irrelevant because they would not be affected by the legalization of same-sex marriage.
    Please actually go back and read what I posted. I am not going to have another debate over the same thing again.


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    Re: Civil Unions

    Quote Originally Posted by YamiB. View Post
    If something is obviously unconstitutional that is an argument against it. For example this would be a way to make a legal argument against slavery in America besides the various moral arguments you could make against it.
    I also don't see it as unconstitutional, neither did the SCOTU when the DOMA was passed.

    I do see it as a state issue.

    No. And this is not slavery.


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    Re: Civil Unions

    The point being is that just because a law is passed stating something does not mean that it is a valid law. SCOTUS's job is to review those laws when put before them and decide weather or not the law follows the constitution. In this case the question being asked is "Does DOMA violate the 14th Amendment?". If it does then you're whole arguement flies out the window. And puts the whole arguement back into federal hands. Remember, Amendments trump laws. Also remember that new laws can be introduced via federal government which can nullify DOMA if it does happen to pass SCOTUS.
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    Re: Civil Unions

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    I also don't see it as unconstitutional, neither did the SCOTU when the DOMA was passed.

    I do see it as a state issue.

    No. And this is not slavery.
    SCOTUS does not review weather a law is uncontitutional until after someone challenges it and brings it before them. This cannot be done until AFTER a law has passed.

    And Loving vs Virginia was never about slavery also.
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    Re: Civil Unions

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    I also don't see it as unconstitutional, neither did the SCOTU when the DOMA was passed.

    I do see it as a state issue.

    No. And this is not slavery.
    When was a case about the DOMA ever in the SCOTUS?
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    Re: Civil Unions

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    The point being is that just because a law is passed stating something does not mean that it is a valid law. SCOTUS's job is to review those laws when put before them and decide weather or not the law follows the constitution. In this case the question being asked is "Does DOMA violate the 14th Amendment?". If it does then you're whole arguement flies out the window.
    This is exactly what I mean. How does a future event that has nothing at all to do with my argument "fly out the window" on something that may or may not happen in the future?

    Just stupid.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    And puts the whole arguement back into federal hands. Remember, Amendments trump laws. Also remember that new laws can be introduced via federal government which can nullify DOMA if it does happen to pass SCOTUS.
    So what? Still completely irrelevant to the argument I was making.


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    Re: Civil Unions

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    When was a case about the ever in the SCOTUS?
    They could have ruled it unconstitutional from the beginning, would not be the first time.


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    Re: Civil Unions

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    They could have ruled it unconstitutional from the beginning, would not be the first time.
    I swear you failed civics 101

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    Re: Civil Unions

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    They do not apply in this situation.

    Are any of you really reading this stuff? Or are you just browsing over and coming to stupid conclusions?
    How do they not apply? If a law contradicts the constitution that law is unconstitutional and thus it would be immediately justifiable to repeal it.



    No I did not.
    Fact: The majority of US Citizens see it exactly how I do. It is a religious institution and recognized as such and has been for the history of this nation. It is part of our traditions and heritage. To deny this as you are trying to do is nothing but a fallacy.
    So you saying that a majority of US Citizens as well as yourself as a religious institution, yet for some reason what I said is false?


    Please actually go back and read what I posted. I am not going to have another debate over the same thing again.
    I don't see how what I have attributed being said by you is misleading, would you care to actually say where I am misunderstanding you?

    I also don't see it as unconstitutional, neither did the SCOTU when the DOMA was passed.
    I don't think that they have ever evaluated it as unconstitutional so I don't know how you could say that the Supreme Court didn't find it to be unconstitutional. How is it constitutional to make laws that directly contradict a part of the constitution as well as previous rulings (Loving v. Virginia).

    I do see it as a state issue.
    It can't only be a state issue because marriage has federal rights attached to it.

    No. And this is not slavery.
    Yes, I know it's called an analogy. I took something that would obviously contradict the constitution. Another example would be enacting a law that made it illegal for women to vote. There are various moral reasons to be against these things, but because they contradict the constitution there is also a simple legal argument to have them repealed.
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