Anonymous asked: Should civil rights be left to the states, or do you think it is an area in which the federal government needs to step in, just as they did in 1964 and '65? Should same-sex marriage and its rights, be addressed by the federal government or just leave it to the states, since the Constitution does not give Congress the power to regulate marriage?
Civil rights are undoubtedly an area where the federal government can, and should step in, as violation of civil rights by a state would violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. In the case of same-sex marriage, certainly Congress does not have the power to regulate marriage (which invalidates DOMA, mind you), but it does have the power of instituting laws in line with the Constitution - a constitution which includes equal protection under the law, as mentioned above. If you’re interested in reading more on this I would highly recommend reading the appeals court decision on Hollingsworth v. Perry here (a summary of the legal writings and final decision from the case can be found here)