Room for disagreement on gay marriage

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February 28, 2011
by Steve Chapman  
Posted in Commentary

"DOMA passed in 1996, when it looked as if Hawaii would let gay couples marry. If opponents of gay marriage couldn't prevent a state from enacting it, they figured, they could impede and stigmatize it by singling out same-sex partners for inferior treatment by U.S. government agencies. For anyone attached to our constitutional tradition and federalist framework, this policy is a mistake for two reasons: It thrusts the national government into a matter where it has no business, and it enforces an irksome uniformity on states with diverse mores and cultures." (02/28/11)  

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