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  1. Please do some more serious review before publishing stories about the US. For starters, what does “harsher scrutiny” mean?

      1. I wasn’t asking for a Wiki reference. I understand the various levels of scrutiny in American courts. I was asking Pink News to explain the term “harsher scrutiny”, a classification which does not exist.

        1. There are two or three levels of “stricter”, more “stringent” or “harsher” standards depending on how you label them. One would have to read the Department of Justice’s action petition/motion to learn which one was requested. It’s likely that the government made requests in the alternative for all of the more stringent forms, claiming the “rational basis” was too low. the Pink News article is in fact articulated reasonable.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 28 Mar 2012, 11:59am

    I think it means the most stringent standard of judicial review used by United States courts. It is part of the hierarchy of standards that courts use to weigh the government’s interest against a constitutional right or principle.

    1. Archbp Susannah York 28 Mar 2012, 1:17pm

      Yes, the main reason that the religious right in the US try to insist that sexual orientation is, against all the evidence, a choice, is to try and nullify decisions that we are a class of people that can be protected from discrimination, like race, and we do not deserve a high level of scrutiny when it comes to laws that unfairly affect us.

      Intolerant religious groups in other countries have been following this same pattern.

      1. Choice is not the determining factor in establishing heightened scrutiny. It is one of four which are used and not one of the most important.

  3. Miguel Sanchez 28 Mar 2012, 2:38pm

    From what I’ve read of this, the DOMA violates the 14th Ammendment. Equl protection under the law.

    1. My understanding is that it also violates the 5th (due process) and 10th (states rights) ammendments.

  4. Give the LGBT people their freedom to marry the ones they love God created all men equal and they need to be treated as such. Stop the anti-gay hate of LGBT people in America fueled by Christian groups like NOM,

    1. It is insulting and demeaning that you determine for me that I was created by a God, unless you have proof of such a statement. I am a equal but not because of any ones God.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 30 Mar 2012, 7:33pm

        Yes indeed. Wasn’t it our parents who created us?

        1. Rashid Karapiet 1 Apr 2012, 6:31pm

          And definitely no space for the Holy Spirit – that was a one-off… Poor old Joseph – did he feel compensated by becoming a saint, one wonders…

  5. christopher 2 Apr 2012, 3:45pm

    the largest issue i see is that we (in the US) are fighting regional laws and federal laws. what one legalizes, another makes unlawful. In most if not all respects, the laws made by the government should overrule local laws. Till its “one law for one people”, there can be no equality.

    Unity gives us power and focus, We bicker and squabble over trivial things, instead of simply accepting it.

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