So, what’s next?
Often, when the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision, there is no road map for how to implement a sweeping change.
Think Brown vs. the Board of Education. That ruling struck down segregation of schools. But none of the justices said how desegregation should work. They didn’t advise that states should do this or avoid that. It isn’t their job. The court simply looks at the constitution and determines whether a law is in violation of the law of the land.
So now, the federal government has to figure out how to establish federal benefits of marriage for same-sex couples within the 12 states that legally recognize the unions. And the president has ordered that the shift be taken care of “swiftly and smoothly.”
Tax adviser Tina Salandra, a CPA in New York City, told NPR that within days after the Supreme Court struck down key provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act, her gay and lesbian clients started to question what they should do next.
“Many of my clients have emailed me, and their question is: Should I file an amended return? Should we file an amended return?” Salandra told NPR. “And my answer to them is we need to really look at their tax situation and whether or not it will be beneficial.”
The dust isn’t settled yet. The IRS promises quick resolution, but you know how fast the federal wheels turn.
And while there are some federal benefits that will be offered to same-sex couples, it doesn’t mean that all benefits will be afforded.
“The decision means that same-sex married couples will have access to some federal benefits, but will not have access to the full range of marriage benefits due to state marriage bans,” Mark Daley told NBC News.
Why? Because so many federal rules rely on the state of residence. And since there are 38 states, like West Virginia, that don’t recognize same-sex unions, it might be an issue that gets more and more complicated.
It’s a complicated issue, but it’s also an emotionally charged issue, too. There are those who have celebrated he decision, and still others who have seen the DOMA decision as the federal government making rules on moral issues.
Where here is controversy, you know that we are there to ask out faithful readers their thoughts on the sauce. Last week on our online poll question, which can be found at www.timeswv.com, “What do you think about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act?”
And here’s what our readers had to say.
• It doesn’t affect West Virginia really because gay marriage isn’t recognized here — 6.79 percent.
• It’s 2013 — it’s about time marriage equality was addressed — 13.58 percent.
• This is a moral issue and not for the federal government to decide — 79.63 percent.
We’ll see how it all shakes out. It certainly isn’t the end of the issue.
This week, let’s talk about another issue heading to be Supreme Court, whether governmental meeting sold open in prayer.
Log on. Vote. Email me or respond line.
So, what’s next?
State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core
It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.
So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.
Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career, will be fully implemented in every West Virginia school district next month.
Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard
I love to talk to readers.
I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
- Too many taking too few steps to protect selves from skin cancer
Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
COLUMN: Are we people watchers or people judgers?
Let me tell you about my little friend Robby. Well, actually, it’s more about his family and especially his mom. I didn’t get her name. I heard Robby’s name quite a bit, though, during a trip home from Birmingham, Alabama.
I noticed the family in the Birmingham airport immediately. They were just the kind of family you’d notice.
- More Opinion Headlines
- State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core