Marriage, the Federalism Solution

The debate over gay marriage isn't really about same-sex couples forming a union as much as it is about the definition of marriage being between one man and one woman and the larger issue of whether the will of the people in individual states may be thwarted by the government through the judiciary.  Since gay marriage was not even remotely on the Founding Fathers' radar screen, who may marry is not among the powers granted to the federal government.  As such, it is relegated to the states, at least according to the Constitution. I personally have no problem with gay couples forming civil unions.  I have many gay friends who are in monogamous, loving relationships, who adopt and raise children and are productive, law-abiding members of society.  Should leaders of the gay marriage juggernaut decide to press for such unions without changing the definition of marriage, I suspect they would manage to peel off enough support to significantly advance their cause. ...(Read Full Post)