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  •  Maybe the real significance in this (6+ / 0-)

    ruling is that it re-affirms that the state has no business prohibiting behavior that is not harmful and that the regulation of inherently beneficial behavior has to be limited to permit criteria that it is useful for the state to know.

    As Justice Kennedy has said, the issuance of a permit is not a matter of grace.  Once the criteria for the issuance of a permit are met, it has to be issued.  And, in this case, the gender of the persons is clearly not relevant to the legal relationship they seek to establish.

    The ruling affirms that secular law isn't just a non-religious version of moral dicta, backing up standards of good behavior with the state's power to punish.  Rather, it asserts that the state may only punish/restrict bad behavior; not impose penalties for the failure to be good.

    How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

    by hannah on Wed May 21, 2008 at 03:20:33 AM PDT

    •  Exactly! (0+ / 0-)

      The ruling affirms that secular law isn't just a non-religious version of moral dicta, backing up standards of good behavior with the state's power to punish.  Rather, it asserts that the state may only punish/restrict bad behavior; not impose penalties for the failure to be good.

      Could not have said it better--thank you

      I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci

      by kokoro on Wed May 21, 2008 at 03:30:03 AM PDT

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