Since the SCOTUS decision you seem to be referring to actually allowed grass-root organizations the ability to become non-profits the way unions and other organizations have enjoyed since I have been alive, I don't see that as big a threat as you do. What bothers me more regarding SCOTUS is our chief justice being more worried about how he is treated at the DC parties he goes to. It doesn't make for a lot of faith in ANY part of our government when a man that powerful tries to bend over backwards "finding" taxes that don't exist so he is popular when wined and dined.
Originally Posted by Minniman
As for gay marriage, where the heck does the US Government find the right to have ANY say in marriage? At this point, they should mandate states to issue Civil Union licenses, and leave the definition of "marriage" to the states. That way, everything stays consistent regardless of differing state laws. I do not want the Federal Government defining ANYTHING if I could get away with it. What is "common" in New York is not "common" in Oregon, what is "right" in Alabama might not be "right" in Idaho. There are some things you just can't rubber-stamp.
If all federal regulations and laws regarding marriage were changed to civil unions, this issue would die as a national problem. Places like Utah would bar gays from being "married", but those citizens could just go and get a civil union for the same rights and responsibilities heterosexuals enjoy/endure in the federal system. Better yet, they could get their CU just like my wife and I did, then go to their church that doesn't frown on homosexuality and marry like we did.
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