States and companies ignore full faith and credit all the time. One state says its on for an 18 year old to open a brokerage account, The other doesn't give a ****. Just one example.
[quote="Shoonra"]There is a very real grounding in the Constitution for recognition of same-*** marriages.
The preamble makes clear that one of the purposes of the govt is to assure "domestic tranquility", which indicates happy homes, which in turn suggests marriages between willing partners.
Article I, sec. 10, cl. 1, says that "No State shall ... pass any ... law impairing the obligation of contracts....." Marriage is a contract.
Articl IV, sec. 1, says that "Full faith and credit shall be given by each State to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other State." Which strongly suggests (altho it was not raised, e.g., in the Loving case) that a marriage which was valid in the state where solemnized cannot be invalidated because the couple travels to another States. As same-*** marriages were already valid in some States, the marriages formed in those States must be legally recognized as valid in all States including those which themselves do not allow for same-*** weddings. A somewhat similar situation long prevails in States that do not permit marriages between first cousins.
There is zero grounding for so-called 'gay marriage' in the Constitution except maybe remotely to the extent of power of the United States over its territories (not the states)--definitely not with respect to the states of America. Even with respect to the Continental United States of America, it would be the duty of the U.S. District Court clerks to issue gay marriage licenses rather than states or their subdivisions. Now even if one were to say that homosexuals had the right to do what they want to each other in private, they most certainly lack the right to force their beliefs or sexual fetishes on others. Time and time again it has men who have a penchant for buggery who have been out to force their beliefs and sexualities on others even if it meant raping and drugging men they knew weren't interested. Consider, if you will, the disgust and horrors of prison **** and how it has been tolerated or even promoted by prison officials.
The U.S. government and/or Congress is aiming to establish a religion by actively promoting "gay marriage". Sodomy itself is associated with various non-Christian religious rituals. Since all "executive branches" are all extensions and creatures of the U.S. Congress and POTUS is effectively the CEO or Chief Inspector General over Congress' creations, executive branches cannot do what Congress itself cannot do. Military power in the United States armed forces comes to the United States via Congress, therefore its officers cannot do what Congress cannot do.
[quote="Shoonra"]Official recognition (by recordation) of marriage has several important legal effects:
(1) It establishes the inheritance of the widow, which is guaranteed even against a will that attempts to cut her out. Similarly for widower.
(2) It establishes for the husband at least the presumption of paternity of the children, similarly providing for their inheritance, as well as parental rights.
(3) It establishes certain legal rights for either spouse, including confidentiality of communications, visitation rights and some decision-making authority in hospital settings, and similar privileges and authorities.
(4) It establishes the right to joint tax filings, tenancy by the entirety, and certain other forms of concurrent ownership available only to spouses.
I am sure I could think of a few more legal effects if I put my mind to it.
Also, all of those things you mention about estate planning can be overcome with powers of attorney and readily available means of estate planning. Merger of estates is one thing. No one has stopped two men or two women from giving each other medical powers of attorney or including each other in wills. Estate planning techniques for persons of the same gender have most always been readily available.
Remember it was gays that said: marriage has nothing to do with ***. But yet right after they felt enable they started promoting buggery and BSDM to little children. What happened to the "marriage has nothing to do with ***"? --oh wait they are lying so they 'must be trusted'. They're out to promote a specific set of religions and Marxist ideals for destroying anything and everything wholesome.
Also what you say about marriage, U.S. states have for decades denied the validity of common law or Bible-based marriage. So what are you on? More states were respective of gay partnerships than they were of Bible-based or common law marriage.
If two men or two women want to merge their estates and give each other medical powers of attorney, there has been nothing stopping them. I've seen books on estate planning for gays in public libraries and private law school libraries many times over the past twenty years.
Equating love with sexual gratification is the stuff of error.