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Whew!

I was worried that the US had some real problems on its hands: the loss of more jobs during any presidency since Herbert Hoover; American soldiers dying in Iraq; the lawlessness of Afghanistan; ongoing scandals of corporate malfeasance; soured relations with much of the rest of the world; record budget deficits...

But now that the President -- with, it must be said, many Members of Congress from both parties solidly behind him -- has decided to push for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, I think I can rest much easier. Clearly those other issues must be resolved, or the President and Congress wouldn't be spending time on such an issue. Right?

Whew! I feel much better now.

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You propose that government should be single-threaded? We should have a research contest on finding the number of routine, silly, inane, or wrong-headed laws and have been proposed and enacted during crises. You start! But I get dibs on Prohibition during WWI (or was it just after) and repeal during the depression! You can have the the "pi=3" amendments in all the states that have tried to do it.

Bread and circuses. Told you it was a silly season. Are we having fun yet?

Webster's should not be written by Congress, but neither should all laws be taken lightly. DOMA is the law, for better or worse (patting myself on the back for that one). Congress can either choose to allow the possibility that the court will interpret DOMA to be unconstitutional, or protect it from potentially capricious judicial ruling by making it part of the constitution. If passed as an ammendment, it could still be repealed, but that's only happened once.

Frank, is the Court ever capricious or prone to rule based on political pressure? Trick question. Goes to opinion on "Judicial Activism."

Cheers,
-d

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