Saturday, February 23, 2013

Obama administration may pitch a "complete game" on marriage rights


The Obama Administration apparently will maintain that the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 is unconstitutional.  And it may support the idea that California’s Proposition 8 must fail on equal protection grounds, too.   Logically, it’s possible for the Court to strike down DOMA but uphold the idea that states can experiment with same-sex marriage on the own, considered a progressive idea in the 90s. But then Full Faith and Credit would seem to apply after all.

The Obama administration believes that the “moral” convictions about some against homosexuality are “personal” or faith-based, or based on collectivist ethical ideas (like “the natural family”) that don’t now pass constitutional muster.

The link for the CNN story is here

The CNN story discusses the case of Edith Windsor.  It is not unusual for the survivor in a same-sex couple to have to sell a home or business to pay estate or inheritance taxes (its tricky) that a heterosexual spouse would not pay.

As former Washington Blade editor and  “global citizen” Chris Crain wrote in 2004, “Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve”! 


Update: Feb 25

Suze Orman writes "LGBT couples pay more, receivr less from government", link here. Orman describes her own same-sex partnership of 12 years, of which I was not aware before.

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