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In the finish line area of the Boston Marathon, several explosions have occurred within the last hours. There a many injured, and at least three have been confirmed dead. All members of the Boston Police Bomb Squad have been ordered to the finish line area near the famed Copley Square.
Reports are still coming in….
New York City, as a measure of precaution, has put all bridges and landmarks under its high level security procedures.
UPDATE: Massachusetts General Hospital ER is reporting that there have been @ least ten people brought in with missing limbs. 3:58PM
From today’s arguments before the Court:
Kennedy said the Defense of Marriage Act appears to intrude on the power of states that have chosen to recognize same-sex marriages. When so many federal statutes are affected, “which in our society means that the federal government is intertwined with the citizens’ day-to-day life, you are at real risk of running in conflict with what has always been thought to be the essence of the state police power, which is to regulate marriage, divorce, custody,” Kennedy said.
If the court does strike down part of DOMA, it would represent a victory for gay rights advocates. But it would be something short of the endorsement of gay marriage nationwide that some envisioned when the justices agreed in December to hear the federal case and the challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The commentary from the Justices today is different than yesterday’s when discussing Prop 8. From my perspective, gay couples should receive the federal benefits afforded to married couples if they are in a documented committed relationship, i.e., civil unions.
from the FreeRepublic:
In Murphy v. Ramsey (1885) SCOTUS defined marriage as “the union of one man and one woman…” 3/27/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:37:31 PM by Laissez-faire capitalist
In Murphy v. Ramsey, SCOTUS defined marriage as “The union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony.”
In Maynard v. Hill, SCOTUS spoke of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Remember, liberals, Stari Decisis….right? Chuck E. Cheese Schumer seems to like to invoke those words whenever it suits him.
Marriage should be redefined, and those that are against redefining it are bigots? Then why are liberals bigotted against consenting ADULT Polygamists? Marriage is about love and equality? Then why don’t liberals love consenting adult polygamists/polygamy and desire equality for them, too? We’re talking about adults here.
Why do liberals act as if they only want to redefine something so far and no further — but it never seems to end up that way?????
Liberals are NEVER done when it comes to changing/redefining things…..