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The new war between the states

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Fifty years ago many of us could not imagine two people of the same sex getting married. We were told that this was unnatural and those that participated in this type of relationship were going to burn in a lake of fire condemned forever by God.
It wasn’t until 1986 homosexuality was removed entirely from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the guide used to diagnose mental health issues.
Today the tide is turning and now homosexuals are becoming an accepted part of the American fabric in most cases.
There are still some states that are holding out granting equal status to same sex couples when it comes to benefits and rights afforded to heterosexual couples.
In Texas a lesbian couple that was married legally in California felt the full weight of this type of discrimination. Judith Chedville was denied a military dependent identification card for her spouse Alicia Butler. The couple was married in California in 2008.
The state of Texas denied Butler an ID card based upon its constitutional ban on recognizing same sex marriages. Texas joins 35 other states (including our own Tennessee) that by their constitutions are prohibited from acknowledging the legality of same sex marriages.
In the meantime the federal government is granting increased recognition and benefits to same sex couples. The IRS announced on August 29th that legally married same sex couples will be treated as married for tax purposes.
All of this is leading up to an interesting dilemma. Can the federal government demand that those states that have constitutional bans against the recognition of same sex marriages do so? Will those states stand up and tell the feds that they will not comply?
Much ado was made some time ago when a gay activist referred to the struggle for equality for same sex couples as “the new civil rights” agenda. Some black civil rights leaders became incensed that the gays would even make this comparison.
It seems eerily similar however, when compared to the Jim Crow South. Blacks were given numerous rights under federal law but some states did their best to maintain the status quo. They passed laws within their own borders in order to circumvent the newly granted freedoms to blacks. There are some that would claim that not much has changed even today.
As this battle continues to rage and homosexuals seek to have what all other Americans have, the right to marry whomever they love, the nation as a whole comes into the 21st century kicking and screaming. Change can be painful at times for some. As we as individuals ponder the question of same sex marriage perhaps we should ask ourselves a simple question;
Would my life be destroyed if Adam married Steve? Probably not.