|Quoting Mir (Reply 98):|
Legally however, I believe the Constitution of the United States takes precedence over the constitutions of the various states.
The US Constitution is the Supreme law of the land. But remember it is extremely limited by the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
The has been the most flouted part of the Constitution, especially by the Warren Court.
|Quoting N1120A (Reply 96):|
Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 8):
Opposes gay marriage, but would let states decide whether to allow civil unions. "Marriage is between a man and a woman, and I don't believe judges ought to come along and change that."
I guess Constitutions don't matter either then.
What does that even mean N1220A?
As for what's going on in France that's for the French to decide. I merely used their system as an example of two things: first how the Legal and Civil aspects of a marriage are separated from the Religious and Customary aspects. And secondly as an example of a fair solution to the debate we have in the US. Every couple can get a Civil Union and Heterosexual couples can continue on and get a Marriage. But this compromise is rejected by the gay lobby as somehow unfair.
Let me ask the liberals in the forum, now that France has rejected gay civil unions is this the foreign law we should look to, as Souter (or was it Kennedy) said we ought to? See the problem we have with looking to foreign law is that you could probably find a precedent somewhere in the world to support ANY decision, and just as many to contradict it.