Jacology: Supreme Court and Gay Marriage

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(KPLR) – In Monday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at love and the Supreme Court.

Sometime in the next month we expect the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in a pair of cases involving same-sex marriage. One will decide whether the federal defense of marriage act is legal. That act denies spousal benefits to same-sex couples. The other case involves the legality of proposition eight passed by California voters in 2008, which outlaws gay marriage.

Opponents of same-sex marriage keep hauling out all sorts of arguments, none of which make much sense. Opponents say allowing gays and lesbians to get married would de-value marriage. It seems to me that heterosexuals who get divorced repeatedly have done more to devalue marriage than any homosexuals I know.

Then there's the argument that gays getting married somehow violates god's law. This would be the same god's law in Leviticus that says it's a mortal sin to eat shellfish or for men to cut their beards? Face it. A church or synagogue or mosque or temple wedding is a transcendental affair. But marriage is a civil contract between two people sanctioned by the state. Marriage is not a religious institution.

Meanwhile, outlawing gay marriage seems to violate the constitution, specifically article four section one, known as the full faith and credit clause. That bit says beach state has to recognize the legal documents of each other state. Right now, Missouri doesn’t recognize same sex marriage licenses from Iowa or any other state allowing gay marriage.

Anyway, the Supreme Court ruling on both same sex marriage cases is expected shortly. But however they rule, it seems same-sex marriages keep gaining public and legal acceptance. And twenty years from now, we'll look back and wonder what all the hub bub was about.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.

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