Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings

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Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama’s healthcare law by the end of the month.

Of the 11 cases left to decide, the biggest are a challenge by gay couples to state laws banning same-sex marriage and a conservative challenge to subsidies provided under the Obamacare law to help low- and middle-income people buy health insurance that could lead to millions of people losing medical coverage.

Many legal experts predict the court will legalize gay marriage nationwide by finding that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal treatment under the law and due process prohibit states from banning same-sex nuptials.

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  1. This article only covers the Gay issue.
    Yet Obamacare is also part of the decisions being made. There is a state conflict here.
    Until all the antique laws on the books against sodomy are changed, gay marriage should not be an issue. It is illegal technically in a lot of states right now because of these laws.
    I do agree that if you are going to have gay marriage then you also have to have a universal law enforced everywhere in every state of the union. States not honoring each other’s laws is the last thing anyone should want.
    Marriage means being faithful to one partner. That is a good thing. The biological problems with multiple partners is one reason why marriage has always been necessary.
    That does not even begin to address the real problem.
    There are many issues. Adopting children. Sperm donor children. Divorce laws and Alimony. Child support if a couple has adopted and divorce. Freedom of religion and the rights of both businesses and ministers having the right not to be involved with gay people or even to marry them if their belief system says NO.
    We are no longer a local community anywhere. Statutes against polygamy is an example. What do you do with a Moslem with 4 wives coming from his native land? Or many people that believe polygamy is part of their religious belief? They are a family. Do you make them and their children split up? Or do you grandfather them in.
    It is both a good time and a bad time to be the judges that decide these issues.

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