The Supreme Court has spoken!
States should no longer issue licenses for marriage whatsoever.
Already the federal government has determined whether we are capable of governing our own health choices. The ACA made sure that we are to buy THEIR preferred type of insurance or pay dearly for the failure to do so. The executive office driven EPA has determined that the coal fired plants in Michigan are not worthy of our electric payments, and that we would be better off blacked out and without lights (wait until 2017 folks!)
After today’s ruling it is quite clear that the state of Michigan needs a hands (or paws) off policy with regard to marriage. The federal government has assumed the responsibility for who is eligible for the license necessary to achieve marital bliss as of this morning. Logically it makes no sense to further burden the stae of Michigan’s legislative code with marriage requirements that have no meaning or cultural protections. Reasonable people can agree that such language only occupies our books and takes up space.
Our appropriate place in this great experiment of AmeriKa has ended.
The occupiers of the white-house have made it clear that a living constitution CAN be achieved if the push is strong enough. And if the stacking of the court has been properly done, there are numerous goals that can be met, never before imagined.
Go ahead Michigan.
Cut out the middleman.
This is the traditional practice in Europe east of France. The churches maintain all such records, including birth and death certificates. Civil records keeping has developed to some extent since the end of WW II. Current American practice is an outgrowth of the English civil war and the French revolution.
Actually.. since the court has rendered 'marriage' moot, let the feds take their prize and run with it. No easy trip down to the clerk's office. Make stupidity painful for all.
End result? the resentment might well drive a revolt on the issue.
The gheys think they won something for themselves. Not really. They are simply destroyers.
Jason, it may be that society as we knew is disintegrating into a free-for-all mash of relationships. http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2010/usmarriagedecline.aspx
While homosexual marriage may temporarily inflate these data, one can expect that the same factors impacting the heterosexual population will likewise impact homosexuals once their euphoria is past.
The church and religious morality which formed the underpinnings of marriage has now given way to convenience and "how do I feel about you now" approaches to relationships. Loyalty and responsibility in relationships seems to be waning. That's a loss for everyone.
The only good aspect I can see coming out of the Supreme Court decision is that it may change SOME behavior among the homosexuals who, despite only being 3%? of the population account for 50%+ of the new HIV cases. Of course, that may not actually change because the homosexuals who are irresponsible in their disease prevention now will likely not be the ones who seek a "legal" relationship.
The irony of all this, of course, is that marriage is gradually becoming moot except for purposes of taxes and health insurance. Once the government decides that tax rates for married and single people should be the same and corporations decide, based on the ACA, that it's up to everyone to get their own insurance, the motivation for marriage will drop sharply among the homosexuals.
I reckon by this standard that Michigan should stop wasting its time on issuing CPL's, too.
Why should firearm owners face discrimination by a "license"? Why should that said "license" be valid in one state, recognized in some, and not others?
Stop the hate.
Despite the actions of a flip-flipping governor, some clerks are standing on principle and refusing to issue marriage licenses.
I can't help but wonder how many county clerks here in Michigan can display the same level of conviction?