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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.

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Just as the anti-miscegenation laws and so many other prejudiced relics have been overturned, so it is time for laws restricting same-sex marriage to be overturned.
Supporters: Eric Teasley, Ying Lei, Aaron Greenspan, Aaron Wilton, Kobie Christensen, Jonathan Wallis, Matthew Symonds, Kelly Wooters, Arbi Llaveshi, Brian Sperling, Nathan Bouscal, Lisa Matulevicz
Opponent: Kyle Halgerson

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. 104–199, §3(a), Sept. 21, 1996, 110 Stat. 2419.)

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    Scott Cederberg

    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

    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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    Problem Same-sex marriage is illegal in most states and is not recognized federally.
    It's unconstitutional to deny two people the rights and benefits of marriage just because they happen to be the same sex. My gay friends have been in loving partnerships for decades. It doesn't make any sense that they can't get married when their marriage would be happier and longer-lasting than so many other ones.
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