Mike the Usurper wrote:
] Not anymore.
] So, what happens now is anyone's guess. The only two options
] are strike the rule, or abolish government recognized
] marriage. Marriage is a mostly religious institution anyway,
] so maybe what the step is, government can only recognize civil
] unions, and leave marriage to the church. (The IRS would go
] nuts trying to fit that on a 1040, but no one likes the IRS
] anyway) I don't think that solution makes anyone very happy
] because it means changes for all kinds of people. Insurance
] companies would be forced to retool all their rules because
] just like the government, companies can't discriminate on
] religious grounds (which marriage would now be) and states
] would not be able to do both marriages and civil unions
] because that falls into the category of "separate but equal"
] which was struck down under Brown v Board of Education.
] I would deeply like to thank the current administration for
] this pile of crap. They've chosen to make screwing over hate
] and discrimination a centerpiece of American daily life and
] are doing their best to make it the law.
I think the problem lies with the word "marriage" which has religous significance. Rather aboloshing, ammending the word so its definition in law has nothing to do with a sacrament, or changing it to something else which means a legal pairing. That way people can do whatever they want in front of their god, but the government should look at all of it as silly. It should be something else in law. If this is done, however, it will be a major restructuring of our society and after a fashion, laws regarding gender roles and lifestyle issues will probably start to work properly. But that will take a while. I think that most of the reluctance has more to do with the mess it will create for a significant amount of time until all the other equal-sorta we have work themselves out.
RE: Marriage is over