Same-sex marriages are on the agenda this week as the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing cases on DOMA and California′s Prop 8. Today and tomorrow, SCOTUS will examine the appeals against the federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, and whether states have the right to allow ballot amendments concerning gay marriage. Barack Obama has changed his official position on the subject, deciding that the Justice Department will not prosecute any DOMA offenses. Meanwhile, 39 states have voted their own laws banning same-sex marriages, many which were done by public ballot proposals. Gay marriage is seen as a hot-button-issue with politicians, such as Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Hillary Clinton, declaring their ′conversion′ to supporting same-sex marriages.

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At the same time, we are seeing mass demonstrations against gay marriage in France! Over 100,000 people took to the streets over the weekend, resulting in some violent scuffles between pro and con groups with police. What is most interesting about the ′French Connection′ is that France has a two-tiered marriage system already. Couples must have a civil union ceremony performed by a public official. If they also want a religious standing, then they must have a separate church marriage after. Some might argue that this is a practical way to approach the matter. But even with such a reasoned approach, it is not enough to satisfy pro-gay marriage supporters.

The question of marriage does boil down to whether you believe that it is a religious sacrament, or purely civil legal matter, or some hybrid of both? One can argue that the French system of two separate and distinct ceremonies provides a society with the best options of both worlds. After all, if you believe in religious freedom, then why should the State demand that a religion changes its views on marriage? Of course, if your nation is rued by a pharaoh, especially one named Barack Hussein Obama, then you are subject to his whim that religions must comply with the State on subjects like contraceptives, health insurance, or same-sex marriages.

We can expect resulting opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court in June on the cases of DOMA and Prop 8. Will SCOTUS bend with the wind as they did with ObamaCare and overturn laws against same-sex marriage? Or will they stand by the Defense of Marriage Act and the people who voted in favor of California′s Prop 8? And what about Barack Obama? Is his newly found support of gay marriage a cry for help with his own marriage? Why did his wife, Michelle Obama, not accompany him to Israel? Was she too busy or does she hate Israel more than her husband does?