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  •  actually, he's more right than you are (3+ / 0-)
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    TooFolkGR, sfbob, skrekk

    But still wrong.

    DOMA doesn't forbid state and local governments from recognizing marriage equality; what it does is forbid the federal government from recognizing marriage equality, and allows (or confirms) that the states are not compelled to recognize same-sex marriages when recognized by other states.

    But where he's wrong is that if the federal government doesn't have the power to define marriage, then it ought to defer to each state's definition of marriage in its provision of federal benefits to citizens of that state.

    •  i see your point... (1+ / 0-)
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      But DOMA says the federal government defines marriage as a straight institution, which Amash says it shouldn't do but wants to use taxpayer dollars to do. And DOMA says the federal government will not recognize same-sex marriage, which he says it should not interfere in but will have us pay to do.

      "Individual liberty is served, not negated, by a recognition of the common good." - President Barack Obama

      by jwendland on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 07:11:58 AM PDT

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