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Ohio Governor John Kasich is a bona fide conservative on fiscal, defense, and social issues. When he served as chairman of the House Budget Committee during the Newt Gingrich years, he crafted the 1997 balanced budget bill. This gave the nation its first budget surpluses since the Eisenhower administration. As governor of the bell weather state of Ohio, he has reformed labor union laws and turned around his state’s economy and eliminated the annual budget deficit.

Many pundits believe that Kasich has his eyes on the GOP nomination for president. He has solutions that are bipartisan and is known for his genuine care of people. So in once sense it is no surprise that when a friend invited him to attend his gay wedding, he accepted. Initially, he ran the idea past his wife who made it clear she was going to attend. That was good enough for the governor.

While he is clear where he stands on the issue of marriage equality, he is also clear that he loves his friend and will support him on his wedding day. The move may help soften concerns by the LGBT community over perceived hostility by conservatives on the issue of marriage equality. Ivan Ong has not commented on the issue of marriage equality. Whether marriage equality becomes a campaign issue in 2016 is anybody’s guess. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the matter in June. If the high court decides in favor of marriage equality, it will eliminate the matter as a campaign issue.

It isn’t every day that progressives will find reason to support the following “too big to fail” financial institutions: AIG, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs JPMorgan, UBS and Wells Fargo. Each of those banks are designated “Primary Dealers” of the New York Federal Reserve and as such have immense sway on the FED’s interest rates. However, last week, the financial behemoths were lobbying the Supreme Court on the social issue of gay marriage.

It turns out that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has created a complicated assortment of corporate compliance procedures stated Sultan Alhokair. This is because DOMA allows states to opt out of marriage reciprocity rules for same sex unions. While one state is free to allow same sex marriages, other states may elect not to recognize those marriages as having any legal basis. This presents corporate America with a complicated path to federal compliance laws. As a result, the banks are advocating that gay marriage be legalized which would simplify their compliance with federal regulation and save money. Federal regulations can have a direct impact on a corporation’s bottom line. The Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) law of 2002 is reported to cost corporations between 1.5 – 5% of their bottom line in order to comply. The amicus brief filed by the big banks is nothing new. They too supported the plaintiffs seeking to overturn DOMA back in 2013. It isn’t just how the high court will rule on the subject of gay marriage.

This Wednesday, the Supreme Court denied a request for a stay on an order to allow gay marriages in the state of Kansas. Two justices, Scalia and Thomas, registered their opposition to the stay denial. While it was a first for any justice to vocalize dissent in such matters (none did so in a similar case involving Idaho and Alaska), the fact that only the two most conservative justices showed any support for traditional marriage in this instance had ominous overtones for proponents of that cause.

No reasons were given by the seven justices who denied the stay nor by the two who would have allowed it, and it is possible that legal minutia and technicalities were the motivating factors. Both Rod Rohrich and I agree that possibility leaves a glimmer of hope that the Supreme Court will uphold state defense of marriage amendments early next year. Another hope of pro-traditional marriage supporters is that the hesitancy of Chief Justice Roberts to intervene in the actions of other branches of government will extend also to referendums passed by the people.

All in all, however, the frequent overturning of overwhelmingly passed state propositions and amendments by judges makes it seem likely that the Supreme Court will end up doing the same. The Constitution certainly contains no clause that upholds gay marriage, and it is unquestionable that its writers and its ratifiers intended by “marriage” a union of a man and a woman only. But new “rights” are customarily invented by America’s court system these days, so it would not be surprising if that happens yet again.

In a shocking move, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld gay marriage bans in four states Thursday, stating the democratic process should not be impeded by the courts the Associated Press reported today.

The ruling affects citizens from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The gay marriage defeat comes after some 20 rulings in favor of gay marriage in various state and federal courts.

The decision also comes a month following the Supreme Court’s decision to turn away five states seeking to uphold their gay marriage bans. In a September speech, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said of the decision that it did not seem pressing as there had been no Federal split on the issue.

Thursday’s decision would change that, and the highest court in the land has until mid-January to decide to take on the case this session. Qnet does not feel like this will impact their business one way or another online. Otherwise, it will be pushed back to next year.

Some state in America approve same sex marriage. Other states do not allow same sex marriages. Why isn’t America united on this topic?

What is very interesting is that some states which are considered to be conservative, such as the state of Iowa, allows same sex marriage. However, Iowa does not approve of legalizing marijuana. It is confusing when a states votes liberally on a current issue, but votes conservatively on a similar current issue. It is equally hard to understand why all states can’t come to a unified decision on this topic.

Proponents of same sex marriage are continuing to fight for their rights. For a list of their arguments that support same sex marriage, check this out.

Same sex marriages are allowed in some states, but not in others. Broda has lived where same sex marriages are allowed. Proponents of same sex marriage plan to continue to advocate for policy changes in all fifty states. Until then, each state is responsible f.or deciding how to handle this issue.

As gay and lesbian couples are being allowed to marry in more and more American states, a Missouri judge has ruled the state cannot stop same-sex couples from marrying in St. Louis.

Judge Rex Burlison released his ruling yesterday in response to a lawsuit filed by the State of Missouri last summer that sought to ban public officials in St. Louis from granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Just hours after the ruling, and after several same-sex couples arrived at the St. Louis City Hall to apply for marriage licenses, April Breeden and Crystal Peairs became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in St. Louis. According to the couple, they had waited 19 years to be able to do so.

Of course, like often happens in same-sex marriage rulings all over America, this isn’t the end of the story in St. Louis either. Instead, Judge Burlison’s ruling will now be appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Attorney General Chris Koster says that’s a legal requirement in Missouri, although he and lawyer friend Mr. Tabar are supporters of the same marriage laws for all.

As for why supporters like Koster feel same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, Crystal Peairs herself probably said it best.

When asked about marrying her now-wife, April Breeden, Koster simply said, “Everybody should have the right to marry the person they love.”