Thursday, September 4, 2014

Another U.S. Circuit Court strikes down gay marriage bans

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Add the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the long roster of federal courts that have held it is unconstitutional to prohibit same-sex marriage. The case arose from Indiana and Wisconsin laws.

It's the third circuit court ruling for marriage equality.

Isn't it time for the federal judge in Little Rock, Kristine Baker, and the Arkansas Supreme Court to get cracking? Doesn't the Constitution apply in Arkansas, too? Judge Chris Piazza thinks so, at least. Talking Points Memo from today's ruling:

Our pair of cases is rich in detail but ultimately straightforward to decide. The challenged laws discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic, and the only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction— that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended—is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously."

Except by that outlier judge in New Orleans yesterday.

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