Amend the U.S. Code to recognize same-sex marriages federally and to supersede the states by guaranteeing them rights and benefits equivalent to opposite-sex marriages in every state.
Laws and Regulations, United States Code
1 U.S.C. § 7: Title 1, Chapter 1, Section 7
§7. Definition of ?marriage? and ?spouse?
In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word "marriage" means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word "spouse" refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.
(Added Pub. L. 104â€“199, Â§3(a), Sept. 21, 1996, 110 Stat. 2419.)
Scott Cederberg / October 31, 2011 at 3:36 PM DT
I haven't voted this solution either up or down. I also believe that same-sex marriages should receive legal recognition equal to that given to opposite-sex marriages.
It addition to the legal battle over marriage rights, there's also a cultural battle over what is generally recognized as a marriage. I'm concerned that this solution would be perceived as heavy-handed and harm the cause in this cultural battle by producing a backlash.
Scott Cederberg / October 31, 2011 at 4:36 PM DT
On the other hand, I do view the current marriage laws of most states as unfair, and perhaps unconstitutional.
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