No state (or other political subdivision within the United States) needs to treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state.
- The federal government defines marriage as a legal union exclusively between one man and one woman.
According to me and others who are unencumbered by homophobia, arrant arrogance, hatred, narrow-mindedness, bigotry, prejudice, fear, profound ignorance, entrenched stupidty and just plain and simple outright damned meanness DOMA is a blatant and hostile assault on the civil and human rights of a significant portion of the population in this country.
C'mon give it some fair thought and you'll come to see that chances are you have a relative, neighbor, friend, co-worker, church or club member who is affected adversely by this piece of right-wing, heavy-handed insanity.
I've said it here before, but it bears repeating from time to time. My almost 46-and-a-half year marriage requires no defense and is not at all threatened when two other people wish to join in a similar legal union. And folks, it is just dumb to think that it would be.
Yesterday, Wednesday, June 8, the state of Massachusetts became the first to challenge DOMA on legal grounds as unconstitutionally preventing same-sex partners from enjoying a wide range of protections, ranging from employment and retirement benefits, insurance and social security payments.
Of course the right-wing rabble and riff-raff of the fundamental christian (lower case on purpose) political movement have already begun their bleatings and assert that the "nation is very resolute in support of the DOMA".
Well not really, since six other states--California, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut have, since DOMA passed, implemented same-sex marriage laws through either court action or legislation. And just yesterday new legislation from other states recognizing same-sex marriages from other states took effect in Washington, D.C.
Tough noogies wing-nuts. You'd think you States Rights clowns and Cone-Heads would support a state bucking the federal government. I guess that only matters when it's about Saturday Night Specials and assault weapons.
I'd simply ask that before you condemn and attempt to regulate the sexuality of others that you exert some influence in the area of your "Family Value" politicians who engage in buggery of Congressional page-boys, glory-hole sex-seeking in airport restrooms, and serial and sequential infidelity and procurement of prostitutes and hookers. Otherwise, just shut the hell up and leave people alone to their own relationships!