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July 09, 2006

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Richard

>>>The bottom line for me is that the government should not be involved in marriage at all.

That was my initial reaction as well, but it's simply not workable. Because there are legal benefits to marriage, the gov't has to specifically define what it is. Otherwise, I marry my dog Spot, and take the deduction on my taxes. (Okay, not a canine, but you get the idea.)

I thought the dissent was weaker than the majority. The dissent simply poo-poo's the majority's stated rational basis for denying marriage to same sex couples, and thinks that's an argument. In fact, I think the dissent proves that the issue is indeed a political issue and accordingly, it belongs in the legislature, not in the courts.

Richard

p.s. However, I have to agree that the emphasis the majority places on procreation as a reason for marriage is silly in the year 2006. It's an example of the judicial ruling class being out-of-touch with what's happening on the ground. They need to go to Walmart more often. Two worlds.

Nicole Black

You're totally correct re: the need to define marriage, Richard, and I know that *that's* a flaw in my own "philosophical" concept. But, it's far more palatable to me in theory than any of the arguments made in this decision. But, in practice, my proposed construct would likely run into any number of problems. Oh well, that's what happens when you shoot from the hip!

slickdpdx

The majority opinion is almost a waste of paper. Why isn't the concurrence the majority opinion?

NBlack

Slick--why ask why? ;)

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