With the welcome news that New York became the biggest state to formally legalize same-sex marriage, presidential candidate and thrice-married Newt Gingrich is out touting his support for the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. But wait--looks like at the time they passed that law, Newt was already cheating on his second wife! Oops! Well at least the president at the time legitimized the law by signing it, and at least the president was the sort of stand up guy who takes his own marriage vows seriously, so as to lend gravitas to something important like the defense of marriage. Oh, wait, it was Bill "Are Those My Pants?" Clinton! Strike two!
All we need to hear now is that Ike Turner had been the principal lobbyist for the DOMA and we'd have the great trifecta.
But forgetting for a minute the mindless bigotry behind DOMA (and that's all that there is--because having an unabiding faith that God wants marriage to be only between a man and a woman does not lead to a logical conclusion that therefore the government needs to ban any other form of marriage)--that law was also a big intrusion on states' rights. Marriage has simply never been a federal issue, unless a constitutional equal protection issue is involved (such as in the '60s when the Supreme Court struck down a ban on interracial marriage). Any way you cut it, DOMA was a sign that Congress went bonkers.
And now, with NY legalizing gay marriages, we have a chance to see if the opponents will be proven right. Will straight marriages collapse? Will presidential candidates cheat on their spouses? Will governors rent$5,000 per hour hookers? Only time will tell!
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