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<a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/02/23/133996797/u-s-will-no-longer-defend-anti-gay-marriage-law" target="_blank">http://www.npr.org/2011/02/23/133996...y-marriage-law</a><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">The Obama administration says a federal law that bans recognition of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and has directed the Justice Department not to defend the law anymore in court cases across the country.</div>
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Don't get too excited though...<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">From now on, the Justice Department will no longer fight to support the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act in court. But the government will continue to enforce the law across the executive branch unless Congress repeals it or a federal judge throws it out.</div>
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So I'm not sure if this changes much, but I guess being positive it's a step.
 

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The fact that a U.S. President would openly declare it unconstitutional is a huge step forward. It sets a precedent in attitude for all his followers in the Democratic party as well as every President elected after, and those who fail to enforce the same opinion will be seen as less progressive or tolerant.
 

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This is a huge step. It's a real acknowledgement that the law is unconstitutional. Diane Feinstein just introduced a measure to repeal DOMA.
 

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Good first step. Let's keep walking down the path to finally legalizing gay marriage in all fifty states.
 

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That's great! The US is so close!
 

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Have to admit that although this is a positive step in the perception of homosexuality in a wider viewpoint that I actually go with the Gay Shame movement and oppose marriage rights, because I don't see what is progressive or positive about getting involved in a financial and legal agreement to cement your romantic love in the State's eyes.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kappa</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2821551"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Have to admit that although this is a positive step in the perception of homosexuality in a wider viewpoint that I actually go with the Gay Shame movement and oppose marriage rights, because I don't see what is progressive or positive about getting involved in a financial and legal agreement to cement your romantic love in the State's eyes.<br>
inb4 misunderstanding.</div>
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And you don't want to give anyone else the option? I can understand not liking the concept or wanting to take part yourself, but you really want to legally keep people from being able to make their own choices?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kappa</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2821551"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Have to admit that although this is a positive step in the perception of homosexuality in a wider viewpoint that I actually go with the Gay Shame movement and oppose marriage rights, because I don't see what is progressive or positive about getting involved in a financial and legal agreement to cement your romantic love in the State's eyes.<br>
inb4 misunderstanding.</div>
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I've heard LGBTQ friends express similar ideas--that fighting so hard for marriage equality is really missing the point, and they don't want to buy into the institution of marriage period.
 

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I believe in traditional marriage between Man and Woman, I do believe that traditional marriage should be protected, However at the same time I do believe that Gays and Lesbians are part of our nation too and Americans so they should have the right to choose rather they want marriage or not. Its a very personal decision and a personal and private matter.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Werewolf Girl</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2821590"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
And you don't want to give anyone else the option? I can understand not liking the concept or wanting to take part yourself, but you really want to legally keep people from being able to make their own choices?</div>
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No, I don't want a legal structure to exist in order to control people through monetary and hegemonic means. Ceremonies and rings are all fine, but when little bits of paper come into it, then that's the problem. Weddings are not the problem, 'marriage' as an economic concept is.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Kappa</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2821745"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
No, I don't want a legal structure to exist in order to control people through monetary and hegemonic means. Ceremonies and rings are all fine, but when little bits of paper come into it, then that's the problem. Weddings are not the problem, 'marriage' as an economic concept is.</div>
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They should at least have the same rights as heterosexual couples to decide whether they want to participate in the institution at all. Right now in 44 states they don't have that option.
 

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Being married in the eyes of the state is more than just romance and rings. It's having the same legal rights as a heterosexual couple. If one partner is hospitalized, for example, the heterosexual spouse is considered the next of kin and can make medical and legal decisions on behalf of the hospitalized partner. But unless homosexual marriage is legal, the homosexual spouse doesn't get that same right. I believe this is one of the reasons why gays are pushing so hard for legalization of homosexual marriage.
 

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Looks like the White House is playing politics again. I'm pretty sure the defended this act not too long ago...unless of course President Obama was somehow morally enlightened just recently, but I doubt it. Regardless, it is a step in the right direction for equality and what should have been done a LONG time ago.
 
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