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Gay Marriage News Roundup


FMA is introduced into the Senate. The article also reminds conservatives of their love of State's Rights. If FMA is passed, it would be only the second time a constitutional amendment was used to take away rights from citizens (prohibition being the first). Hastert said that he won't move for an amendment until DOMA is tested in the courts
That act, authored by former Rep. Bob Barr, Georgia Republican, was passed in 1996 to prevent homosexual couples from receiving federal benefits. In the event that an individual state allows same-sex "marriage," the federal law would not require other states to recognize that union.

Mr. Barr said last week the law never was intended to tell states how to legislate on the issue and does not prohibit same-sex "marriage" at the state level.
The Advocate has a nice piece on talking about gay marriage with your friends and family over Thanksgiving. My personal experience is that when I talk to someone who is against gay marriage, the reason is almost always because they don't want their church to have to perform or recognize gay marriages. I remind them that the church I was brought up in (Catholic) doesn't recognized many straight marriages (e.g. marriages after divorce) and has other marriage rules (e.g. Priests cannot marry), and that compelling a church to recognize a marriage is a clear violation of the free expression clause. I suspect, however, that the pink elephant in the room is gay adoption.