I voted other because I don't believe marriage is the place of the government to regulate. I have no problem with the government being involved with civil unions and do believe that the 14th precludes discrimination based on the genders involved. Marriage, on the other hand, is something that I think should be solely between the individual church/temple and the persons to be married. It shouldn't carry any tax benefits - only civil unions should.
Then you should be advocating the abolition of state-sanctioned marriage instead trying to alter its legal definition.If so, that logic is flawed. If we are violating the constitution in one case, that doesn't mean we should just throw away the whole thing, it means we should aim to correct the case where we are violating it.
Grants.gov - Find Grant Opportunities - Search Grant OpportunitiesBut, what minority housing grants are you referring to? I'm not aware of any government program that gives housing grants on the basis of race. Can you name the specific program or provide a link to a governmental site detailing it?
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That said, we'd need to analyze a specific case before we could determine whether it might violate equal protection. We'd need to show, not that it was helping somebody on the basis of race, which is perfectly constitutional, but that somebody was being denied equal protection of the law based on race. Generally speaking, it's hard for me to imagine a significant government program exists that clearly violates equal protection which hasn't been challenged in court yet. At least not one that's existed for long. If you have a particular example you'd like to talk through, I'd be happy to.
But, regardless, this isn't really relevant. Sounds like we both agree that bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional, right?
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To me it seems a clear violation of "equal protection" under the law, as do state-sanctioned marriages.
No, as I do not believe state-sanctioned marriages to be constitutional. Personally, I don't much care if there is gay marriage or not. It wouldn't bother me but I do not see it as a right.But, regardless, this isn't really relevant. Sounds like we both agree that bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional, right?