Jacksonian, states give particular rights to heterosexual married people because marriage lends stability to society. I am not against extending particular marital benefits to same-sex couples, but I am interested in the arguments to be made against it before I would consider hetero- and homosexual marriage lawfully interchangeable.
In truth, the number of people actually affected by this ruling may be so infinitesimal that we may wonder what all the fuss was about. That is, the benefits to the few may far outweigh the detriment to the many.
However, my concern is this legal change, like no-fault divorce, will only further erode the traditional family. The effect could be more poverty, more psychological problems, more crimes & violence, as well as less mobility within the system. Earlier legislators were more concerned with a stable culture, and the culture was more concerned with perpetuating itself. Today we have the very weird situation where stability and morality have taken a backseat. Powers that be seem to believe they can control the populace with the profusion of laws. What a mistake.
In any case, I’d re-emphasize that my objection to the SCOTUS ruling is that it is not constitutional. I do not want to deny marital benefits to same-sex couples.
June 27, 2015 at 3:43pm
I am making a long-range prediction. Federal government will lose power when people (states) with shared interests unite in effective regions, somehow separating failing cities from the more productive areas. In, oh, 100 years maybe.
I’m all for the Convention of States, but it’s going to be a long battle, wresting power from those inside the beltway. We have no chance in hell as long as constitutionalists are misrepresented so egregiously in the media. Again, it is not that I would deny marital benefits to homosexuals, it is 1) not within the scope of the Scotus and 2) less constructive to a viable society than is the emphasis on heterosexual marriage.
Let those who desire life under such laws sink or swim with them. Leave our Constitution inviolate.
 June 27, 2015 at 3:26pm
I like what Gonzo says above & feel these latest decisions by the Supreme Court are worse than bad; they are evil. And for the reasons Scalia gives above, not because I am against same-sex marriage. I have dear friends who have suffered unfairly because they were denied privileges extended to hetero couples. I am glad for them to benefit from this ruling.
However, I am adamantly against the federal government’s imposition on a matter that is not of constitutional law. I am also distressed because so many find it impossible to believe dismay at this ruling is not a matter of bigotry on the part of conservatives/constitutionalists. Humans in general are extremely short-sighted, and this ruling shows me that these 5 judges have faith in neither the people nor the Grand Experiment. Little by little, we are losing our essential freedoms, giving our decision-making power over to those who have no skin in any citizen’s game. Congrats, libs. I hope you reap the benefits of the sword that cuts both ways. Or, as my dear old dad always said, “They give with one hand, and they TAKE with the other.” What we have lost in this ruling will far outweigh what the deserving think they have won.
June 23, 2015 at 7:46am
I used to watch hours of Fox- or at least have it on in the background. But now I can’t even watch Megyn. It is difficult to get the news, even surfing the web.
 June 18, 2015 at 1:59pm
Another aspect of this is – do you realize what a huge country we are? Do you realize the number of us who go about our daily lives in peace? Who are perfectly content with our neighbors? AND have guns?
I feel a little bad because at this point there is no way I could view anything Obama says favorably. He really does talk as though we are complete, illiterate idiots.
The Left wing MSM filters all of the ' news .' They don't report what normal, sane, law abiding , peace loving Americans do daily . The tend to filter the ' news ' as to push the agenda of the International Left and their local franchise, the Obama Administration .
 June 16, 2015 at 10:21pm
And if she chose to pretend to be black because of the benefits – which she may well have- it kind of shoots the whole racism thing in the foot. What a change from decades past, when a “colored woman” might try to pass for white!
 June 16, 2015 at 10:18pm
That’s not the issue, Lib. The issue is she lied about it.
And if she chose to pretend to be black because of the benefits - which she may well have- it kind of shoots the whole racism thing in the foot. What a change from decades past, when a "colored woman" might try to pass for white!
 June 13, 2015 at 9:43am
It really needs to be internal shame (God based) not external (other people shaming you.) Fat chance of that these days.
 June 10, 2015 at 9:08pm
Has the doctor been interviewed?
June 4, 2015 at 10:54pm
I’m not so bothered by the “morality” of Jenner’s actions as I am by the science of it. It seems to me that the jury is out on the complex psychology of this. Jenner “feels” like a woman so he goes through serious procedures to alter his body. Now he’s a”woman.” I don’t think it’s that simple.
Of course transsexuals should be treated kindly, and generally people can do what they like with their own bodies. However, I have a feeling this era of celebrating the transsexual will be looked on by future generations as we look at blood-letting by physicians of past centuries. Remember ashtrays on restaurant tables? At one point, smoking was considered a healthy habit. Although one may choose to act as a man or a woman, in actuality we have no choice about which we are.
Just as scientists recently identified a previously unknown connection between the lymphatic system & the brain, I believe it will eventually be recognised that a “hitch” in one’s system lends one to varying degrees of… latitude in determining sexuality.
In the meantime, we should support our fellow humans in their struggles & not make life harder than it need be. Jenner a hero? Maybe. Maybe not. I think I’ll just keep my opinion to myself for once.
‘I’m not so bothered by the “morality” of Jenner’s actions as I am by the science of it. It seems to me that the jury is out on the complex psychology of this. Jenner “feels” like a woman so he goes through serious procedures to alter his body. ‘
I think Science has some understanding of the issues….
‘Gender identity disorder (GID) or gender dysphoria is the formal diagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe people who experience significant dysphoria (discontent) with the sex and gender they were assigned at birth. Evidence suggests that people who identify with a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth, may do so not just due to psychological or behavioral causes, but also biological ones related to their genetics, the makeup of their brains, or prenatal exposure to hormones.‘
You’ll find in the link several articles sourced. If it is a Biological condition also being treated by Physicians, does that help your understanding of the Science?
‘Gender identity disorder is classified as a medical disorder by the ICD-10 CM and DSM-5 (called gender dysphoria).‘
 June 3, 2015 at 6:15pm
I normally consider name-calling verboten, but in this case I’m so pleased to have a forum where I can loudly pronounce this woman a complete idiot in need of an intervention& hospitalization for severe delusions.
 June 2, 2015 at 9:52pm
Beg to differ. Pretty much everyone is making a big deal out of it.
 May 21, 2015 at 12:44am
“Put an end to the imperial presidency??” Not from my perspective! With Barack, we have lost the dignity of the office. I won’t accuse Michelle of the same thing, but she certainly gives the impression of enjoying the privileges of the office a tad too much & most distinctly, neither share a dang thing with the common man, black white or purple. Just the fact that she has what? 23 assistants or staff people or secretaries – whatever – When every other first lady had one, except I think Nancy Reagan, who had TWO… Well that sure days a lot about Michelle Obama, doesn’t it?
I remember reading early in Obama’s campaign that his background allowed him to identify with everyone. The fact is he can identify with NO ONE. Barack, especially, has had a totally bizarre life. I can’t believe he’s not in therapy and poor Michelle — well, I’d feel sorry for them both if I were not more concerned about the future of our nation.
May 21, 2015 at 12:26am
Hey! If you can’t say anything nice —! I’m restraining myself here, saying I just don’t get it. What world is she living in? I do have a crazy fit daughter that likes to work out like this, but she is womanly& feminine. Otherwise, I know absolutely no woman over30 who does this. Michelle’ s fitness pix only add to my sense of surrealism regarding the leadership in the US. Who ARE these people???
 May 5, 2015 at 3:02pm
Now that I think about it, I’m not sure my hubby would do this either. I don’t think I could kiss a stranger like that. I just wouldn’t feel right, even if it were all in fun.
 May 5, 2015 at 2:58pm
My husband would totally do this and is more loyal than the family dog! I think it’s a fun and harmless story, showing a marvelous aspect of humanity!
May 1, 2015 at 8:21am
“Ferguson all over…” Yup. A death that should not have happened, caused by a series of events set in motion by both parties. Everyone & no one is to blame. These events are inevitable as long as no one can break the cycle of poverty, broken families and government subsidies that support these communities. The more I think on it, the more tragic it gets. And it’s absolutely perpetuated by Al Sharpton & Barack Obama, because this is NOT a ” black” thing, NOT a race thing. Not today. As long as they insist it is seen as such, we will never be able to address the real issues. Praying.
 April 30, 2015 at 10:40pm
I just heard a young black woman say, “This is nothing new; it’s been happening since we were set free.” This mantra is getting old and beginning to sound just silly. Surely by now the nation recognizes the number of people of color in visible positions of authority. At the same time, don’t we all acknowledge that racism still exists& the black ghetto culture is worse than ever? I for one am beyond frustrated at the nation’s inability to do anything about this huge issue.
 April 30, 2015 at 9:54pm
Juggling, it’s not issues between the black community & the police. It’s between a particular segment of the black population& police. Generally, bad things are happening in selective neighborhoods. This is NOT the black/white thing so many want to make it. It has more to do with broken homes & a cycle of poverty. The whole country would prefer helping people out of this tragic cycle rather than perpetuating it. Prayers for all.
 April 29, 2015 at 11:11pm
Apparently there is no validation of the spinal surgery. I apologize for my error.