RON HART: SCOTUS scratching to find feds’ way forward on same-sex marriage

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 04:07 PM.


ROSEMARY BEACH — Homosexuality and gay marriage are two of the most unnecessarily divisive social issues facing this nation.

Licking their wounds from the last election, Republicans look to return to their roots of minimal government intrusion and freedom. Backing off their Bible-based dogma on same-sex marriage might be a start. Many on the right fringe of the party would have objections to Labradoodles being bred.

No social issues have changed as much in recent years as support for same-sex marriage. In a recent CBS News poll, 53 percent of us now approve. Notable for the Republicans, 56 percent of independents and 75 percent of those under 30 are in favor of gay marriage.

The GOP should remember the report that called for being more inclusive and less judgmental. Now might be a good time to thump those Bibles a little more quietly.

This is in line with a trend by states passing laws recognizing gay marriage, demonstrating an evolving social consensus. Historic laws have been passed by legislatures to accomplish the goal of mandating that homophobia be less obvious.

One issue the court needs to clarify stems from the California Ninth Circus Court of Appeals overruling the voters' wishes on gay marriage. It was legal, then illegal, then legal again.

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