John D. Donahue's the "Devil in Devolution"

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In John D. Donahue's the "Devil in Devolution" he recognized many faults between the state and federal governments. He spoke on the issues of same sex marriage, divorce, environmental regulations, and legalized gambling. I can't say that I agree with everything that was in the article. There are a lot of issues that I somewhat feel strongly for and others that don't have an effect on me either way. I think that there are cases in which the states should be governed individually, but there are also issues that should be organized by the federal government. I believe that if we give the states too much power then we are deriving from the constitution and government that our forefathers established for us today.

I disagree with individual state law allowing same-sex marriages. I personally believe that there should be an amendment made that restricts same-sex marriages. I feel that this needs to fall under the constitution.

The definition of marriage needs to be taken into great consideration by our federal government. I don't feel that a homosexual couple should have the ability to be married in a state allowing same-sex unions, and then have their marriage recognized in all fifty states.

Another issue relatively similar to that of same-sex unions is the divorce issue. Personnally it makes no discrepancy with me. I don't see a problem with each individual state having individual divorce laws. If a couple wants to go into another state for a quicker divorce, and can afford it, then more power to them. Although I do agree that if a state can refuse to recognize a marriage then it should also have the rights to refuse to recognize a divorce from out of state.

The environmental regulation issue I believe should be governed by the...