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  1. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    The people took the lead. The politicians are running to catch up.

  2. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    California passed an amendment that said no gay marriage. I wonder what that means if referendums are no longer any good for this country.

  3. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    Because previous governments have taken a position on the subject. If previous governments had kept out, if there no law about marriage, then I bet the Obama administration wouldn’t care either.

  4. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, over 3 years ago

    It’s very important to remember that Clarence Thomas was single when he committed the crime of sexual harrassment, and was married when he committed the felony crime of lying under oath about his sexual harrassment….

  5. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, over 3 years ago


    All laws, including referendums, have to be compatible with the Constitution. If the Supreme Court rules the Proposition 8 violated the Constitutional rights of certain group of people, then it is null and void.

  6. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    California would listen to the Mormon Church. Can you prove that?

  7. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    Ok everybody David made a comment like that and he is not the hatefull one? Sounds like David has his own bigotry here. Any comments?

    Last for David’s education, Article III Section II says:
    “Section 2.
    The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;—to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls;—to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;—to controversies to which the United States shall be a party;—to controversies between two or more states;—between a state and citizens of another state;—between citizens of different states;—between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects.

    In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.

    The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury; and such trial shall be held in the state where the said crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any state, the trial shall be at such place or places as the Congress may by law have directed”.

    What that means Davie, is that the Supreme Court Rules on these issues not Obama.

  8. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, over 3 years ago

    If the justices vote the law and not their personal politics the result is absolutely clear.

  9. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, over 3 years ago

    Do you write for ‘The Onion’?

  10. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, over 3 years ago

    The US Supreme Court has already ruled that sodomy cannot be criminalized, Lawrence v. Texas.
    DOMA is still being enforced and it’s enforcement will only stop if the Supreme Court rules it is unconstitutional.
    President Obama is not the first President to refuse to defend the government’s position in a Supreme Court case. In 1983 Reagan Administration reversed the position of 3 previous administrations in Bob Jones University vs. United States. Three previous administrations had argued that Bob Jones University should lose it’s tax exempt status because it racially discriminated. Reagan Administration reversed that view and sided with Bob Jones University in the Supreme Court.
    Bob Jones U. lost the case anyway by a 8-1 margin.

  11. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, over 3 years ago


    The Obama Administration didn’t make a ruling, it submitted a Friend of the Court opinion, which it has every right to do.
    There is nothing in the Constitution that grants the Supreme Court the power to declare laws unconstitutional. It is a power it bestowed upon itself in the case of Marbury v. Madison, 1803.
    Prior to Marbury v. Madison, the President, the States, and Congress all claimed to have the right to determine what was and wasn’t Constitutional.

  12. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    RIght, Jack. Obama is the first president ever to enter a friend of the court brief, and therefore should be impeached. I laud your understanding of civics.

  13. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    And if you file a brief AGAINST a law, are you then an enemy of the court?

  14. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, over 3 years ago


    While you’re reading the Constitution, you should check up on Article IV Section 1:
    Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State.
    And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.
    That means a marriage performed in Massachusettes or New York has to be recognized in Texas or California.

  15. AlexanderTheGoodEnough

    AlexanderTheGoodEnough said, over 3 years ago

    Ahem. Considering that six of those nine blackbirds are Catholic, I wonder what their new Pope thinks of inclusive marriage rights. Hmm? And will they take that into account?

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