The debates we have been having on this board are debates that are raging across this country. But what are truley the responsibilities of Government when it comes to legislation? For example. If the vast majority of the country is opposed to a particular practice is it not the governments resposibility to ensure that no federal funds be spent on such activities. Isn't that the essence of representitive government? Also, what about the federal governments resposnsibility with regards to our tax dollars? If I am against Gay marriage then should the government not provide domestic partner benefits to these couples if my viewpoint is held by the vast majority? Should we legislate morality? Another question that poses great debate. I do not believe that we should make it illeagle for homosexuals to practice this lifestyle but they need to be aware that they will be looked at as out of the norm and that their behavior will not be accepted by many. To decry the despise they will get because of it is disingenuine. They as a minority with respect to their populous have to understand that they are not going to gain an even foothold in scociety because of it. And to cry foul over it makes no sense. The majority of the country is anti abortion, however we have a law that allows it. We also use federal funds to help prop up this act by funnelling tax dollars into this industry. That is an improper use of tax dollars because goes against the majority wishes. The point of this thread is to gauge the views on federal responsibility with respect to majority view. Just thought it would be interesting to get everyones take on overall government responsibility as opposed to just one topic.