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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Another ruling for marriage equality in Kentucky UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

A Kentucky judge today struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriages. He'd earlier ruled that the state could not legally discriminate against couples legally married in other states.

In 19 states, the Constitution's promise of equal rights rings true. But challenges continue rapidly. And opinions are moving quickly, too. When Jason Rapert and his colleagues have their judicial necktie parties, the cheering crowds could be small.

Nationally, Gallup puts support for marriage equality at 55 percent – an astonishing 15 points increase from just 5 years ago – with other polls showing support at even higher margins. And support for same-sex marriage rights continues to grow in virtually every demographic group. According to ABC News / Washington Post, 77 percent of adults under age 30 favor marriage equality. 40 percent of Republicans – an all-time high and jump of 16 points in under two years – now support marriage for gay and lesbian couples, while the number of Catholics supporting marriage has grown to 62 percent, according to the New York Times. These numbers continue to grow, with no indication that support will slow down.

There are over 70 court cases challenging discriminatory marriage bans across the country in 30 states and Puerto Rico. So far six federal appeals courts are presiding over 11 marriage equality cases over the coming weeks and months. The Sixth Circuit holds the distinction of being the only federal appeals court to date that will consider marriage cases from all states within its jurisdiction. Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic marriage rulings last year, no state marriage ban has survived a federal court challenge.  

PS — The judge in this case was a protege of Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell; appointed by George H. W. Bush, and a favorite of Supreme Court Justices Rehnquist and Roberts.

UPDATE: And more equality news from Indiana.

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which Tuesday expedited the appeal of a federal judge's ruling last week that found Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, has ordered the state to recognize the same-sex marriage of one Hoosier couple.
The decision came at the request of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, one of the same-sex couples who had filed a lawsuit challenging the state law.

The court ordered state officials to recognize the marriage of Sandler and Quasney, who has a terminal illness.

Still more judges for Rapert to recall/impeach.

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